Wednesday, April 11, 2007

No sex please, we're British doctors

The Daily Mail reports that doctors and nurses will be barred from having sexual relations with anyone they've ever treated.
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.
So, let's say a physician treats someone for a broken bone. Over the course of a couple of months, the patient visits the same physician. Now, let's say a year or so later, the physician and former patient bump into each other at a cocktail party and hit it off and the patient asks the doctor out for a date. Nope, can't do it. How stupid is that?

It's good to see that bureaucrats in Britain are no more immune to knee-jerk over reactions than American bureaucrats.

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