Another component to this story- Bradley;s sister made a complaint about this doctor before, five years ago, but nothing was done. According to the Associated Press, some of the people he worked with suspected that he was molesting kids but did not report him,
Now the Attorney General of Delaware Beau Biden (Joe's son) is holding an inquiry into why these people, and agencies and hospitals did not report him.
That is pretty sad. My understanding of the situation is, any health care worker who either witnesses a molestation, or hears a claim of molestation directly from the victim, is required by law to report it. On the other hand, if a health care worker suspects molestation but has no evidence or direct claim of abuse from a victim, I think they can be sued for defamation if they report their suspicions and it turns out nothing happened. That's good protection for innocent doctors; but it also poses an enormous quandary for staff who are pretty sure there's abuse going on but can't say anything for fear of losing their livelihood.
I think it could be made policy that all pediatricians must have a nurse present while seeing patients. A lot of doctors will understandably resent being "chaperoned" like that, but I really don't see any other solution. Obviously, for whatever reason the parents aren't there all the time - which in itself makes no sense; what parent leaves a three month old
baby alone anywhere, let alone the doctor's office? Whatever. If there's no parent present, there should be a nurse present when the doctor sees the patient.