Wednesday, October 06, 2004

Doctor-patient sex

A story on the BBC website today reports that 4 in 10 medical students feel that a sexual relationship between patients and doctors can be justified. What??!

To be fair the ‘researchers’ only asked 62 students whether they would accept a dinner invitation from a patient if they were working as a GP on a remote Scottish island. Hardly a scientific sample.

While the majority said no, 40% of students told the University of Glasgow team they would pursue a relationship. Asked to explain the reason why, some said private and professional relationships could be kept separate.

I love the fact that the ‘researchers’ told the students that “the patient in question was coming to the end of lengthy treatment and was also a member of a bird watching club the doctor had joined”

More amusing is the picture that the BBC chose to illustrate the story.