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The guidance lists unacceptable behaviour and states that health professionals must establish and maintain clear sexual boundaries.
It also states that obtaining a patient's consent does not justify a sexual relationship.
Professionals attracted to patients should seek advice from a colleague and may have to hand treatment over, the draft report states.
Sexual activity is defined in the document as words, behaviour or actions by a health professional towards a patient, family member or carer which might be interpreted as sexually motivated.
The guidance says cases will be judged "individually".
However, it adds that relationships are unprofessional if the patient is exploited, was vulnerable or the professional relationship was terminated to start a sexual relationship.
"Doctors who discover that a person with whom they are developing a personal or sexual relationship is also their patient should immediately cease the relationship or take reasonable steps to ensure that medical care is provided by another practitioner.
The updated guidelines outlined in the doctors' handbook Good Medical Practice, and which come into force next month, state: "If you are considering whether to pursue a personal relationship with a former patient, you must use your professional judgment.Until now, the General Medical Council has discouraged doctors from having relationships with former patients deemed vulnerable at the time they were being treated, and it continues to ban them with current patients.The watchdog has now issued new guidelines clarifying the risks doctors need to consider before embarking on a romance with a former patient, such as taking into account that some patients can be more vulnerable than others.Harmful Professor Julie Stone, executive lead on the CHRE Clear Boundaries project said research had shown that even a relationship with a former patient can be very harmful and should be avoided."When professionals abuse their position of trust it can have devastating and long-lasting effects, especially in vulnerable patients.