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Facebook risk, medics warned

14th July 2011

New guidance from the British Medical Association has highlighted potential pitfalls doctors face when using social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

The BMA said that in particular, there was a risk the lines between personal and professional lives could be blurred. The warning comes after a series of cases in which NHS staff and other public sector workers have got into trouble through their use of social media including in 2009 when a group of doctors and nurses were suspended for posting pictures of themselves on Facebook lying down in unusual places, including a hospital helipad.

 

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