A relationship of trust and confidence
in Medicine, patients and the law (sixth edition)
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A Relationship of Trust and Confidence: Doctors must be able to keep secrets but the obligation is not absolute. This chapter examines the nature of the duty of confidentiality and explores the circumstances in which disclosure to others is justified or required. Considering landmark cases such as W v Egdell and Campbell v MGN and guidance from the General Medical Council, we chart the development of the legal claims for breach of confidence and the implications of a developing right to privacy, ‘misuse of private information’. In the latter part of the chapter, we consider the difficult issue of genetic privacy and the complex provisions of the Data Protection Act.

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