The limits of doctor-patient confidentiality tested in the UK

The limits of doctor-patient confidentiality tested in the UK

Publication date: Mar 07, 2020

The limits of doctor-patient confidentiality tested in the UK A difficult case in the United Kingdom has opened up questions about the confidentiality of the patient-doctor relationship. Doctors owe a duty of care towards certain people at risk apart from the doctor-patient relationship. However, this is a grey area in which the doctor must balance the duty of confidentiality against the risk to third parties. Second, in this particular case, ABC’s suit failed because she had not proved to the satisfaction of the court that she would have aborted her child. The Economist has pointed out that a German case involving Huntington’s Disease was decided very differently. In 2014 the German Federal Court of Justice rejected her case.

Concepts Keywords
ABC Doctor–patient relationship
Abortion Physician–patient privilege
Confidentiality Confidentiality
Detailed Balancing Secrecy
Federal Court Physicians
Gene Patient
Genetic Privileged communication
High Court Health
Manslaughter Medicine
Michael Cook Huntingtons Disease
Psychiatrist
The Economist
United Kingdom

Semantics

Type Source Name
disease MESH divorced
disease MESH satisfaction
drug DRUGBANK Isoxaflutole
disease MESH diagnosis
drug DRUGBANK Abacavir

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