GMC consults GPs on confidentiality

GMC president Sir Graeme Catto has recorded a podcast urging doctors to share their views on confidentiality.

The podcast features a discussion on doctors' duties when reporting knife or gunshot wounds or disclosing information to the press.

The GMC is consulting on draft guidance on confidentiality, which covers a broad range of topics from responding to the press to reporting a patient with a serious infectious disease.

The guidance also covers reporting injuries suspected to have been sustained by violent attacks, and patients' concerns about electronic records.

Sir Graeme said: 'Confidentiality is an area which doctors can feel insecure about - indeed, 25 per cent of the ethical enquiries the GMC receives are on confidentiality issues, and the majority are from doctors - so we are keen to seek their views.'

Full and shortened versions of the consultation document are available on the GMC's website.

tom.ireland@haymarket.com

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