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 â€œpromiscuousâ€ and â€œunprofessionalâ€.
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 surveyâ€™s findings suggest a significant proportion of Britainâ€™s 400,000 nurses are prepared to run the risk of sanctions â€“ which in extreme cases could entail being struck off â€“ 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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