Medical ethics dating patients
This is the only profession of which a member can ask a person to take their clothes off and find the request usually met with few questions and no resistance."In an earlier interview with GP magazine Pulse, he said: "A proper emotional and sexual relationship is a partnership of equals, both parties enjoying the same rights, privileges and limitations."Any other basis for a relationship is flawed and needs to be criticised and resisted most vehemently.It is vital proper boundaries are maintained in relationships between doctors and patients."However, Dr Tony Grewal, a senior GP who practises in West London, said the watchdog "should not limit the capacity of two consenting adults to explore a relationship".Dr Grewal told Pulse at the time: "An absolute ban on sexual relationships with patients or former patients is an unfair limitation on the right to pursue happiness for doctors and patients alike."We need new, authoritative public guidance which acknowledges the changes of the last 20 years, maintains the necessary safeguards for the vulnerable against exploitation or coercion, but gives a framework for those who wish to develop proper relationships."In 2011, a poll of 282 GPs by Pulse found that half wanted the rules to be changed to allow them to have relationships with former patients, while 2 per cent admitted they had begun relationships with patients they were still treating. You may now see our list and photos of women who are in your area and meet your preferences.The updated guidelines outlined in the doctors' handbook Good Medical Practice, and which come into force next month, state: "If you are considering whether to pursue a personal relationship with a former patient, you must use your professional judgment."Although it would not be possible to specify a length of time after which it is acceptable to pursue a relationship with a former patient, it is reasonable to expect that the more recently a professional relationship ended the less likely it is to be appropriate to begin a personal relationship with the patient."Patient groups welcomed the change, saying it was about time the watchdog moved into "the 21st century".Joyce Robins, of Patient Concern, said: "I don't see any problem with it if they are no longer their doctor."I think it was all a bit of an old fashioned idea quite honestly.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.
In all honestly it depends on what you think of the Dr. So judging from my ordeal I guess a lot of doctors choose to date their patients.
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