Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information

General Medical Council, January 2017

Following consultation, this guidance on confidentiality for doctors has been revised and updated. While the principles of the current guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies various issues including the public protection responsibilities of doctors and the importance of sharing information for direct care. It also includes a decision-making flowchart and explanatory notes to show how the new guidance applies to situations doctors may encounter and find hard to deal with, such as reporting gunshot and knife wounds or disclosing information about serious communicable diseases.

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Accessing and sharing health records and patient confidentiality

House of Commons, September 2015

This briefing describes how patients may request access to their records, and the circumstances in which access to the records of others may be allowed.  The briefing also describes statutory and public interest disclosures of patient information; information sharing rules for people who lack mental capacity; and access to information on hereditary conditions for relatives.

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