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Police Investigations

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Popular resources about Police Investigations

  • Disclosure to the police
    disclosure to the police

    The police ask to see the practice manager during a busy morning surgery. They want personal information about a patient, who is currently in custody.

  • Multiple jeopardy
    Multiple jeopardy

    A doctor treats an elderly patient with acute pulmonary oedema. The patient later dies and the doctor finds himself subject to years of formal investigations. Podcast.

  • Criminal records
    criminal records

    Should you disclose patient details to the police in connection with a high value fraud?

  • Confidentiality and the police (General Practice)
    Confidentiality and the police

    In general, the police have no more right to patient information than anyone else, but there are times when you should disclose details. Dr Sally Old explains.

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Latest updates and advice

  • Counter-terrorism and confidentiality

    Your legal obligations to report, and how to raise concerns if you believe a colleague poses a risk to themselves or others.

  • Medical manslaughter support highlighted

    Medical manslaughter investigations involving healthcare professionals are more common than in previous years, and a recent BBC Radio 4 documentary has highlighted the difficulties for doctors involved in them.

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