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That’s the question before a discipline panel of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, which must determine if Toronto doctor Nagi Ghabbour should become the first physician in the province to have his licence yanked for becoming romantically involved with a former patient too soon after the end of the doctor-patient relationship.The penalty of revocation is “appropriate and necessary to protect the public and ensure that public trust in the profession is maintained and that public trust in the regulator is maintained,” college lawyer Elisabeth Widner told the five-member panel Wednesday.Therefore, any sexual activity within that year would be considered sexual abuse and lead to the mandatory revocation of a doctor’s licence.“It’s an indication of where our society is moving in Ontario with regards to this type of conduct,” Widner told the panel.Thus a doctor may be motivated to treat or withhold treatment to his/her patient in a way which is not entirely in the latter’s interest.In the process the patient may suffer and his/her well-being compromised which runs against all principles of medical ethics.Also when a patient comes to a physician, most likely the former is ill and thus vulnerable to whatever the doctor says or tells him/her to do.
A second equally reasonable and a far more practical argument in favor of doctors being allowed to date former patients comes mainly from the ranks of family physicians.Ever since the Hippocrates Oath came into being, medical ethics have been upheld as an important part of the behavior of doctors in a community.And one of the most significant aspects of this code of ethics regulating the medical community is the relationship between a doctor and patient.On the face of it, a romantic relationship between a doctor and a former patient should pose no objection.
According to the American Medical Association policy, "At a minimum, a physician's ethical duties include terminating the physician-patient relationship before initiating a dating, romantic, or sexual relationship with a patient." In 2006, a new draft of the General Medical Council - the body that regulates doctors in UK- maintained that though doctors should not use their professional position to pursue relationships, it acknowledged that there might circumstances when dating an ex-patient could be permissible - something not covered by the previous 2001 guidelines2.
Also if the relationship between a doctor and his/her now partner continues the emotional dependence of the earlier doctor-patient relationship, then even the current relationships is far from healthy and equal.