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Doctors warned about risk of 'Facebook flirts'
Doctors are being warned not to respond to flirtatious approaches on social networking sites.
The Medical Defence Union, a legal body for doctors, said communicating via sites such as Facebook may be a breach of ethical responsibilities.
It issued the warning after a number of cases in which patients propositioned doctors after searching for their details on the internet.
Regulators agreed that medics should be careful.
Here we have another example of doctors being told to hide their private lives, in this case to protect themselves, from the public.
I understand that a "private life" is supposed to be private, but to share details with friends online through such sites can be the best way to keep in touch with them amongst multiple night and weekend shifts.
I fully understand the comments made in the article about not posting patient details, but we all have bad days at work - why cant we blow off a little steam, and socialise with friends online?
What do other D2D readers feel - good idea from the MDU, or nanny state & censorship gone mad?