Occupational Health Physicians may be interested in a communication recently received from the GMC by the Faculty of Occupational Medicine’s Responsible Officer (RO), Dr David Fox. This followed a request for clarification on the interplay between GMC guidance Confidentiality – good practice in handling patient information  and the legal requirements placed on a Selected Medical Practitioner (SMP) by the Police Pension regulations.
The Chair of our Ethics Committee, Dr Steve Boorman has welcomed this communication which may also be relevant to occupational physicians working as Independent Pension Advisers in other contexts.
Dr Anne de Bono
President, Faculty of Occupational Medicine