Health and Disability Services Consumers ‘Rights(the Code)for participating in a sexual relationship with a female patient. The woman sought treatment from the chiropractic practitioner. A sexual relationship then established in between them, spanning 2 and a half years.
Throughout this time, the chiropractic physician continued to supply chiropractic services to the lady and members of her household, and did not seek advice from either his colleagues or his expert body about his expert and ethical responsibilities. The Chiropractic Board Code of Ethics states that chiropractic specialists have an obligation to be knowledgeable about the Board's Code and comply with its standards. It
specifies that a chiropractic physician can not have a sexual relationship with a client unless that patient is the chiropractic physician's spouse or partner. Deputy Commissioner Rose Wall thought about that by participating in and continuing a sexual relationship with the lady while supplying her with chiropractic
treatment, the chiropractic physician failed to maintain suitable expert borders and abide by the ethical requirements set out in the Chiropractic Board Code of Ethics. Appropriately, she discovered that the chiropractic physician breached the Code.”The upkeep of professional limits is an integral part of the arrangement of health services, and its significance in the provider-consumer relationship can
not be stressed highly enough,”stated Ms Wall.” I think about that [the chiropractic doctor's] conduct, specifically his entering into a sexual relationship with his patient, did not abide by his professional and ethical responsibilities and crossed expert borders and ethical requirements.”The Deputy Commissioner recommended that the chiropractic physician develop a six-month mentoring and continuing education plan with the New Zealand Chiropractic Board, in relation to its Code of Ethics and with an emphasis on expert limits. She likewise advised that the New Zealand Chiropractic Board consider this complaint and whether additional action is required. The chiropractor is to be described the Director of Proceedings. The complete report for case 19HDC01074 is available on the HDC site. © Scoop Media
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