Mandatory reporting for sex, not drunkenness

GETTING drunk outside of work hours doesn’t necessarily deserve a mandatory report but sex with a patient after you’ve ended the professional relationship possibly does.

These are just some of the pointers in the national regulator’s new draft guidelines on mandatory reporting, its most comprehensive explanation to date of what medical practitioners are and are not required by law to report when it comes to their colleagues.

The draft document, which is up for public consultation until 30 May, attempts to address one of the most common concerns about mandatory reporting: that practitioners don’t know the

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