30 health workers punished for sex abuse in last year in this state
| The Associated Press – Michigan licensing boards disciplined 30 health care professionals for sexual assault or misconduct in the last year, according to a newspaper investigation.
[In no way, shape, or form should healthcare workers who rape, assault, molest, and sexually harass their patients be considered “professionals.” Such references are those of the author of the original story. – Editor]
The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs received 238 allegations of sexual misconduct by health professionals between 2011 and 2016, the Lansing State Journal reported.
In the 30 disciplinary cases between May 2017 and May 2018, 17 are known to involve patients or clients.
One of the offenders was ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar [pictured], who sexually abused hundreds of girls and women while employed at Michigan State University.
Other offenders include a massage therapist who inappropriately touched multiple clients, an athletic trainer who assaulted high school students and an occupational therapist who attempted to grope a patient with a traumatic brain injury, according to the newspaper’s investigation.
Most of the disciplined professionals couldn’t be reached for comment.
Licensing boards often decide the punishment for health care professionals, such as suspending medical licenses or revoking them entirely, state licensing officials said. Sometimes professionals are given multiple strikes before being removed.
State policy discourages licensing boards from sharing concerns with law enforcement … Read the full story at Bradenton.com.