beesandbrews (beesandbrews) wrote in little_details,

UK Doctors restrictions on taking medications? : ANSWERED

I'm fact-checking for a story I'm beta-ing. Scenario: doctor and patient are flatmates. They get into a fight which results in patient being knocked unconscious by said doctor. After victim comes to, doctor says he can no longer carry out treatment beyond basic first aid because he has taken aspirin. (He had a tension headache prior to the fight.)

Okay, I can see reasons why the doctor should not treat the flatmate : the practice guide says that you shouldn't treat those who are near and dear to you. The doctor might not be in the best frame of mind, since he and his flatmate just had a barney, and thus his judgement might be impaired. But the aspirin? It's a non narcotic, and in no way shape or form could impinge on the doctor's judgement or behaviour.

Writer of the story says they saw the information that taking *any* medication renders a doctor unfit to practice on some sort of television program.

Is there a doctor in the house that could clear this up? Thanks!

Thanks! I appreciate the confirmation. The rest of the medical treatment in the scene was appropriate, but there was one bit of dialogue that struck me as off. Since I don't live in the UK and couldn't ring my local surgery or hospital to ask them, this place was my next, best bet.

Search terms I've tried: uk best practice guide. urban myths uk doctors and medication, prohibitions against practicing.
Tags: uk: health care and hospitals, ~medicine: drugs

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