Improving patient confidentiality

BMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6960.1019c (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1019
  1. P Barlow
  1. Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital NHS Trust, Glasgow G51 4TF

    EDITOR, - The moves by the BMA and others to push for legislation to improve patient confidentiality are welcome but slightly hypocritical.1 There are two types of situation in which the medical profession itself is technically guilty of large scale breaches of confidentiality, and perhaps it should examine its own practice and guidelines before tackling the government. The first situation concerns adult, mentally competent patients found to have a serious illness; it still …

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