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Medical Confidentiality and Legal Privilege

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 01 January 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:69
  1. N J MacDonald

    The fact that the confidentiality of the doctor-patient relationship cannot be guaranteed in a court of law may be news to some patients, but doctors have become injured to the increasing number of occasions on which access to sensitive medical information is demanded and many would expect no better from the courts. The dilemmas presented by HIV disease high-light potential challenges to patient's privacy and expose the inadequate protection offered to it.The recent attention given by the media to several doctor patients with HIV disease caused anger in the medical profession- articulated in the letter pages of this journal- and hammered home the “free for all” that now exists.Should the courts not offer some bulwark to the confidentiality on which patients, even …

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