Case can proceed against doctor who discussed patient’s details on train, say judges

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f614 (Published 29 January 2013)
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  1. Clare Dyer
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The NHS trust that runs Broadmoor secure hospital can go ahead with disciplinary action against a consultant forensic psychiatrist who discussed a patient’s medical report with a colleague on a crowded train, three Court of Appeal judges have ruled.

The judges quashed a High Court injunction stopping West London Mental Health NHS Trust from convening a disciplinary panel to hear allegations of breach of confidence against Preeti Chhabra.

Judge Jeremy McMullen granted the injunction in the High Court last June after ruling that it would be a breach of Chhabra’s contract to allow the disciplinary panel to …

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