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Competency 3 – Good Clinical Care: Respect confidentiality

Objective: to develop reflective communication between healthcare professionals, employers and employees


Respect confidentiality.

GMC publication Confidentiality: Protecting and Providing Information [1]

This can be elicited by a series of questions to open debate on confidentiality.

Are all medical practitioners bound by confidentiality?

Why is confidentiality important?

How can information given in confidence be passed onto a third party?

What type of information can a medical practitioner pass on to an employer regarding an employee?

Is there a difference between passing on information to an employer and an occupational health professional?

Can a medical practitioner pass on confidential information without consent?