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Confidentiality between doctors and patients is an important principle, but it’s not absolute in the UK. Dr Sally Old explores the times you may need to disclose patient information to the police.
A fifth year medical student faces an investigation by her medical school and the GMC in relation to a caution she received before starting her studies.
More doctors are facing police investigations for gross negligence manslaughter.
The use of surveillance in healthcare settings can be problematic because of the need to protect patients' confidentiality.
Must we always disclose patient details to the police?
Must I disclose a police caution to the GMC?
Should I report a knife injury to the police?
Sexual assault allegations are thankfully rare, but it's useful to know how to protect yourself from a misunderstanding.
Injuries from weapons such as knives, guns or even crossbows can raise questions over confidentiality and a doctor's duty to contact the authorities.