Doctors know how hard it is to become a doctor, and they are
proud of the difficult and important work they do. So they hesitate to get one another in
trouble. The hospitals that oversee many doctors are often timorously careful not
to publicize doctors’ mistakes. The government is gentle with doctors too. For
example, doctors who develop addictions may be diverted to rehabilitation
programs rather than have their problems made public and their license taken
away. Many may be restored to health this way, but some physicians keep their
license when they are dangerously impaired.
If the medical license revocation criteria were as onerous as doctors would have you believe, there wouldn't be as much misconduct in that profession. Sexual abuse, drug addiction, and just flat out unprofessional and rude behavior is often the norm these days because medical doctors know what they can get away with. Revocation only happens in the most extreme cases -- usually when the media starts paying attention.