Dealing with amorous advances from patients
Ever tempted to cross the line, or have you crossed it unintentionally? Anahita Kirkpatrick from the Medical Defence Union starts off our series on medicolegal matters, by focusing on patients' relationships with doctors or medical students
The thought of a patient chatting you up may seem like a harmless boost to your ego, but when you become a doctor, and even occasionally as a student, amorous advances from patients could endanger your career. Everyone thinks, “It won't happen to me,” but consider the following scenarios involving qualified doctors and students and think again. Start as you mean to go on by taking action early to discourage advances from patients that cross the line.
If only she had been a little more positive. If only she had tackled the situation when she had had that first uneasy flutter in the pit of her stomach. If only she had done that she would not be standing here today staring at the carpet in the main chamber of the General Medical Council.
A newly qualified general practitioner was anxious to make a good impression in her first job in