In reply: Tracy's letter seems to focus on age. The Board's policy about treating family members is not about age, but about the wisdom or otherwise of this practice for medical practitioners at any stage of their career. The policy is not mandatory, but reflects what the Board considers to be prudent practice. The policy does not prohibit writing referrals or repeat prescriptions, but emphasises the importance of having an independent treating practitioner responsible for initiation of treatment and ongoing management.
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