This includes those close to the patient such as their carer, guardian or spouse or the parent of a child patient. Sexual misconduct is an abuse of the doctor-patient relationship. It undermines the trust and confidence of patients in their doctors and of the community in the medical profession.
Doctors should not pursue sexual relationships with their former patients in most cases, the profession's watchdog warned today. New good practice guidance issued by the General Medical Council GMC states that it is usually inappropriate for doctors to have sex with an ex-patient because of the risk this may involve of an abuse of their former professional relationship. But the guidance, revised in the wake of scandals such as the Harold Shipman murders, does not impose a ban on doctors dating their former patients.
James Ramsey, D. One morning all that changed. Some doctors don't necessarily see anything wrong with dating a patient.
The public is being asked whether doctors should be able to have sexual relationships with ex-patients without fear of reproach. The guidance sets out boundaries The General Medical Council, the body that regulates doctors, wants to gauge public opinion before updating its advice to doctors. Currently, it strongly advises doctors against dating patients. But its new draft acknowledges that a blanket ban is too strong.
No one can doubt that the College of Physicians and Surgeons plays an important role in supervising the behavior of doctors by, among other things, prosecuting doctors who commit professional misconduct by breaching the legislation that governs their behavior. It might be suggested, however, that the rules governing that behaviour are so extreme that they lend themselves to abuse by unscrupulous patients. The draconian nature of these rules is illustrated by the recent decision of the College's Discipline Committee to revoke the medical licence of Dr.
By Sophie Borland for the Daily Mail. Doctors are to be allowed to strike up relationships with their former patients. Until now, the watchdog has banned doctors from having relationships with any patients, even those they have not treated for some time.
They interviewed a doctor who told the following story from his residency. He was called to the ER to see a woman with a minor fracture. He found her very attractive.
We help to protect patients and improve medical education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and doctors. We support them in achieving and exceeding those standards, and take action when they are not met. Home Ethical guidance Ethical guidance for doctors Maintaining a professional boundary between you and your patient Maintaining a professional boundary between you and your patient. It also says what to do if a patient pursues a personal relationship with you.
Until now, the General Medical Council has discouraged doctors from having relationships with former patients deemed vulnerable at the time they were being treated, and it continues to ban them with current patients. The watchdog has now issued new guidelines clarifying the risks doctors need to consider before embarking on a romance with a former patient, such as taking into account that some patients can be more vulnerable than others. However, a number of senior doctors have warned that dating former patients is "flawed" and risks undermining the public's trust in the profession.
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