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Doctors as Delilahs: new ethics code causes row

BMJ 1996; 312 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.312.7023.78b (Published 13 January 1996) Cite this as: BMJ 1996;312:78
  1. Simon Chapman

    While much of Australia lounges on the beach or watches cricket during the January holiday season, the Australian Medical Association has been furiously faxing press releases on a variety of public health issues from ocean sewage outfalls to hospital cuts and hydatid control. Last week it released its revised code of ethics, which includes for the first time an exception to the usual injunction to keep patients' confidences; apart from statutory exemptions this is now allowable “where the health of others is at risk” (see p 00).

    AMA vice president Keith Woollard has handled most of the intense media interest. He has instanced cases such as pilots and crane operators with heart disease or …

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