Nurses' Union: Care Does Not Include Sex

Published March 12, 2010

| Reuters

A union representing Dutch nurses will launch a national campaign Friday against demands for sexual services by patients who claim it should be part of their standard care.

The union, NU'91, is calling the campaign "I Draw The Line Here," with an advertisement that features a young woman covering her face with crossed hands.

The union said in a statement that the campaign follows a complaint it had received in the last week from a 24-year-old woman who said a 42-year-old disabled man asked her to provide sexual services as part of his care at home.

The young woman witnessed some of the man's other nurses offering him sexual gratification, the union said. When she refused to do the same, he tried to dismiss her on the grounds that she was unfit to provide care.

"This type of action is not part of the job responsibilities of care(givers) and nurses," NU'91 said.

The case has been reported to police, the union added.

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