In The UK, Doctors And Nurses Banned From Having Sexual Relationships With Former Patients

From The Daily News
By Jenny Hope

Health professionals will only be allowed to date those they have previously treated when clinical contact was 'minimal'

Doctors and nurses will be banned from having sexual relationships with former patients, it has emerged.

Health professionals will only be allowed to date those they have previously treated when the clinical contact they had with each other was 'minimal'.

New guidance will formally set out the sexual boundaries between doctors, nurses and patients for the first time - following a string of sex abuse scandals.

Health ministers are expected to approve the guidance from the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) in June.

Even when a patient's consent is given, this alone will not be enough to justify a sexual relationship being pursued by a doctor or nurse, says a report today in Nursing Standard.

Tango’s Take

Doctors banned from, well, playing doctor. This makes sense. Doctors are gods to their patients and humans and deities should not mix. This is a law that is going to have a lot of gray area and is likely only going to come into play when something goes horribly, terribly wrong in a relationship. The law of unintended consequences will likely come into play here. Will there be increased premiums for malpractice insurance? Will this force doctors to charge more? Oh, that’s right, England has more or less socialized medicine. Still, urologists, OBGyns and probably proctologists (to be safe) should mind their manners in the future.

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