Separate documents have been produced by the CHRE for patients and employers.The General Medical Council published a Code of Conduct for doctors last year and said they had been working with the CHRE to ensure all the guidance was consistent.One explained: "Proximity and familiarity are important factors leading to the development of relationships.
On its website, the GMC asks doctors and the public whether they agree with the statement "Pursuing a sexual relationship with any former patient will usually be inappropriate".
Consenting adults Two thirds of the 69 people who posted responses said they disagreed with the statement.
"Doctors who discover that a person with whom they are developing a personal or sexual relationship is also their patient should immediately cease the relationship or take reasonable steps to ensure that medical care is provided by another practitioner.
The General Medical Council, the body that regulates doctors, wants to gauge public opinion before updating its advice to doctors.
It wants to strike a balance between protecting vulnerable patients from abuse and giving doctors autonomy.
Boundaries The GMC's 2001 guidance says doctors must not allow personal relationships to undermine the trust which patients place in them.
In particular, doctors must not use their professional position to establish or pursue a sexual or improper emotional relationship with a patient or someone close to them.
The new draft maintains that doctors should not use their professional position to pursue relationships, but acknowledges that there might times when dating an ex-patient is permissible - something not covered by the 2001 guidelines.
"It's always the professional's responsibility to set clear boundaries.