Can doctors dating former patients

Patient romance can be bad for a dental practice's bottom line.

Professionals attracted to patients should seek advice from a colleague and may have to hand treatment over.

The report also warns that obtaining a patient's consent does not justify a sexual relationship.

The Department of Health commissioned the report on 'Clear Sexual Boundaries Between Health Professionals and Patients' from the CHRE after three national inquiries found serious failings in the handling of cases of sexual abuse of patients.

Dr Clifford Ayling, a GP, was convicted of sexually assaulting women patients over a number of years and Dr Peter Green, also a GP, was found guilty of nine counts of indecent assault.

One in five dentists reports having become romantically involved with a dental patient, according to a recent Wealthy Dentist survey.

Most caution against dating patients, as the consequences are rarely positive for the dental practice. I found later that others who went to him had only a few seconds to a few minutes with him during appointments, and that he sent in his nurse or PA to do the dirty work. At first I was not attracted to this surgeon, in fact, I was annoyed with him and tried to change doctors. At appointments, he spent a great deal of time with me, 20-30 minutes, and did all the dirty work like cleaning incisions, bandaging, etc.Doctors and nurses may be banned from dating former patients unless the contact between them was minimal, according to new draft guidelines.The recommendations follow a series of high-profile cases where healthcare staff sexually abused patients.Although this is not against any laws, most surgeons would refer relatives or significant others to a college.

Tags: , ,