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BMJ 1998; 316 doi: (Published 16 May 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:S3-7143

Doctors who are sick are a special group for many reasons, not least because they fall within the remit of the General Medical Council, which must act to protect patients from doctors whose performance or health gives rise to concern. A recent report from the Scottish GMSC clearly identifies that one of the reasons that doctors may present late is because their concerns over confidentiality are justified. The report emphasises the need for scrupulous observance of professional obligations in this regard, and warns that any breach (other than that necessary to protect patients) ‘constitutes mandatory grounds for a report to the GMC.'

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