In particular, doctors must not use their professional position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper emotional relationship with a patient or someone close to them.The new draft maintains that doctors should not use their professional position to pursue relationships, but acknowledges that there might times when dating an ex-patient is permissible - something not covered by the 2001 guidelines.
Consenting adults Two thirds of the 69 people who posted responses said they disagreed with the statement.
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.
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.