British Nurses: We Sleep With Our Patients

Who said that healthcare in England was subpar.

“THOUSANDS of nurses believe it is justified to break the taboo on having an affair with a patient in their care.

Almost one in 10 nurses think starting a relationship with one of their patients is acceptable while one in six said they knew of a colleague who had a sexual relationship with a patient they were looking after.

The findings, published by the Nursing Times, will add weight to the controversial remarks by Conservative peer Lord Mancroft that nurses are “promiscuous” and “unprofessional”.

Mancroft has faced a huge backlash after claiming that nurses discussed their sexual and drinking exploits in front of him while he was being treated at the Royal United hospital in Bath last summer.

The survey’s findings suggest a significant proportion of Britain’s 400,000 nurses are prepared to run the risk of sanctions – which in extreme cases could entail being struck off – for sleeping with patients. They also reveal that relationships between nurses and patients are not uncommon.

In January the Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence (CHRE) issued strict new rules reminding nurses that they face disciplinary action if they embark on a sexual relationship with a current patient.

The rules also say that relationships with former patients will often be deemed unacceptable. The regulations have proved contentious with nurses who say many such relationships end in marriage.”

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8 Comments

  1. The Misanthrope March 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm

    I knew the right wing were wrong when they talked about poor health care in the UK.

  2. The Misanthrope March 3, 2008 at 12:07 am

    I knew the right wing were wrong when they talked about poor health care in the UK.

  3. Jack March 2, 2008 at 11:33 am

    Why Ellie, you are such a prude. 😉

  4. Jack March 2, 2008 at 7:33 pm

    Why Ellie, you are such a prude. 😉

  5. MizEllie March 2, 2008 at 7:25 am

    Personally, I’ve never found guys with IVs and catheters all that appealing. But to each his own! 😉

  6. MizEllie March 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm

    Personally, I’ve never found guys with IVs and catheters all that appealing. But to each his own! 😉

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