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Professionals attracted to patients should seek advice from a colleague and may have to hand treatment over.
The report also warns that obtaining a patient's consent does not justify a sexual relationship.
Doctors and nurses may be banned from dating former patients unless the contact between them was minimal, according to new draft guidelines.
The recommendations follow a series of high-profile cases where healthcare staff sexually abused patients.
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.
The Department of Health commissioned the report on 'Clear Sexual Boundaries Between Health Professionals and Patients' from the CHRE after three national inquiries found serious failings in the handling of cases of sexual abuse of patients.
Members included clinicians, victims of abuse, royal colleges and representatives from health-care regulatory bodies.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.The proposals, the first of their kind, are expected to go before ministers in June, reported Nursing Standard.The Council for Healthcare Regulatory Excellence said professionals had a duty to report inappropriate behaviour.