Medical ethics dating patients

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It is not unethical for a doctor to date a current or former patient.

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.

However it's not all about me it's about you.

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.

It was creepy for me because I was not attracted to them and well, I'm shy.

It was also super unwelcomed, I'm not a person who is comfortable overstepping boundaries. What will the doctors family and children think about this complaint?

The boundaries between friendship and "something more" aren't always clear.

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.

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.

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