Guidance about the nature of their relationships with doctors should be given to patients in notices and information leaflets in GP practices, hospitals and clinics and online such as NHS websites. He or she may now be treated differently from other patients by their doctor and their needs could be prioritised over others. This is especially the case where a patient is vulnerable , such as those where a patient is undergoing therapy. In fact, all patients may be vulnerable to some extent since, when we approach doctors, we do so because we are ill or have a concern about our health. The relationship between doctors and patients is unequal in terms of power and trust. All new patients could be provided with a document informing them about appropriate conduct so that there is no doubt. When patients sexually harass their doctors, they face the same legal liability as mentioned above. Any doctor caught ignoring this rule is likely to face professional sanction — including being struck off. Confessions of a heterodox economist — Portsmouth, Hampshire.
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