Should a doctor be banished from medicine after having sex with a patient?

That’s a question this case in the UK is trying the answer.

As Dr. Crippen, the crusty blogger who notes the inanities of the UK medical system, notes, extra-martial affairs are commonplace.

But should a physician be censured, effectively ending his medical career, for having a dangerous liaison?

“If every man and women in Britain who had an extra-marital affair were to be prevented from working,” writes Dr. Crippen, “the country would grind to a halt. Why should it be any different for doctors?”

It seems that ending a career over such an indiscretion may be on the excessive side.