Health and Disability Services Consumers ‘Rights(the Code)for participating in a sexual relationship with a female client. The lady looked for treatment from the chiropractor. A sexual relationship then developed in between them, spanning two and a half years.
During this time, the chiropractic physician continued to offer chiropractic services to the female and members of her household, and did not consult from either his associates or his professional body about his expert and ethical obligations. The Chiropractic Board Code of Ethics states that chiropractics physician have a responsibility to be acquainted with the Board's Code and adhere to its standards. It
mentions that a chiropractic practitioner can not have a sexual relationship with a patient unless that client is the chiropractic physician's spouse or partner. Deputy Commissioner Rose Wall thought about that by entering into and continuing a sexual relationship with the woman while providing her with chiropractic
treatment, the chiropractic physician stopped working to keep proper expert limits and comply with the ethical standards set out in the Chiropractic Board Code of Ethics. Appropriately, she found that the chiropractic doctor breached the Code.”The maintenance of expert borders is an integral part of the provision of health services, and its value in the provider-consumer relationship can
not be stressed strongly enough,”said Ms Wall.” I think about that [the chiropractic specialist's] conduct, specifically his entering into a sexual relationship with his patient, did not abide by his expert and ethical commitments and crossed expert borders and ethical requirements.”The Deputy Commissioner suggested that the chiropractic specialist develop a six-month mentoring and continuing education plan with the New Zealand Chiropractic Board, in relation to its Code of Ethics and with a focus on expert limits. She likewise advised that the New Zealand Chiropractic Board consider this problem and whether more action is required. The chiropractic doctor is to be described the Director of Proceedings. The complete report for case 19HDC01074 is readily available on the HDC site. © Scoop Media
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