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How is ethics survey kept confidential?

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The medical ethics survey – 'Respond to our confidential survey and you could win a digital camera worth £300' (5 April) – wends through the bog standard issues of assisted suicide, abortion and so on.

It then has a question on patient relationships: 'Have you ever had a sexual relationship with one of your own patients?' As if we are going to respond! What will Pulse do with the information? Sit on it, or shop us to the GMC? For the magnificent sum of £300, dangle yourself from a rope!Maybe Pulse is becoming a Government rag and entrapping us. Ah, woe betide us doctors trying to dodge insidious attacks from all angles.

Editor replies: Pulse pledged to keep your responses to the survey in the strictest confidence and we will take stringent steps to do this. We included a similar guarantee of confidentiality in our recent GP health survey and it didn't stop nearly 1,000 responses flooding in, including two from GPs who admitted to self-prescribing controlled drugs.

We have no desire to reveal the names of those GPs, but nor could we – as names and addresses are always separated from responses as soon as they come through the office door.

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