Sexual misconduct claims against physicians jumped 62% in California after #MeToo 

An analysis conducted by the Los Angeles Times reveals sexual misconduct allegations against physicians have increased 62 percent since the fall of 2017, when the #MeToo movement began.

A similar upsurge in allegations for sexual misconduct has been observed in other states around the country, the Federation of State Medical Boards confirmed to the LA Times. 

The analysis, which was based on data from the California medical board, found complaints of sexual misconduct against physicians have increased to 279 and 280 in the past two fiscal years, respectively. Prior to that, in the 2016-17 fiscal year, the state medical board received 173 complaints against physicians for sexual misconduct, according to the report. 

However, the increase in complaints has not translated to an increase in actions against physicians. The LA Times found disciplinary action for sexual misconduct has actually decreased in the last fiscal year.  

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