Medics told to be careful when using Facebook

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Medics told to be careful and be wary when using social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter.

The British Medical Association instruction pointed out a number of possible drawbacks medical professionals experience.

For example, it stated there is a danger that they cross the lines between private and professional lives could be at risk.

It originates following a number of instances in which NHS personnel along with other public sector staff got into difficulty via their usage of social networking sites.

In 2009, a team of doctors and nurses ended up being suspended for publishing images of themselves on Facebook lying down in strange locations, for example a hospital helipad.

And in 2010 a civil servant experienced herself in the media when she chosen Twitter to publish her political views and declaring she was experiencing a hangover after a nightout

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