A problem with confidentiality is a common reason for a call to MPS. doctors at any stage of their career can find themselves faced with a complex situation where confidentiality issues are raised and expert advice is helpful.
In Ireland it is a particularly important issue. With a small population, and many people sharing the same name, accidental breaches of confidentiality can easily catch out the unwary.
This issue of GP Trainee takes you through the basic principles, and highlights some areas to be cautious of as you begin working in general practice. We also look at those occasions when, by law, you should breach confidentiality, and offer some guidance on the more difficult situations you may face.
Keeping confidences is vital in establishing the trust of patients. Patients have an expectation of privacy when they consult their doctor. As a GP, with an ongoing relationship with patients, managing trust is vital.