Principles of confidentiality: webinar

We explore the principles of confidentiality and relevant guidance for doctors in the Republic of Ireland.

12 September 2023

Length: 45:11

Doctors have a legal and ethical duty to keep all information relating to patients secure and not to disclose any information to third parties without a patient's consent. The only exceptions are when you're required to disclose information by law or under your ethical or contractual obligations.

Watch this webinar to find out more about your responsibilities and the complications that can arise when patients believe their confidentiality has been breached, including:

  • the Medical Council's guide to professional conduct and ethics
  • the grounds for sharing patient information
  • relevant legislation and legal principles
  • patients who lack mental capacity and disclosure after death
  • sharing information for secondary purposes.


This page was correct at publication on 12/09/2023. Any guidance is intended as general guidance for members only. If you are a member and need specific advice relating to your own circumstances, please contact one of our advisers.