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General Medical Council Guidance Over Release of Medical Records

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The General Medical Council has issued guidance to doctors - which came into effect on 25 April, 2017 - and which set stricter tests in determining whether patient details should be disclosed.

hlw Keeble Hawson logoPatient details can only be released if explicit consent is provided, it is required by law, ordered by a Court or can be justified to be in the public interest.

Importantly, doctors may disclose information without consent to their own legal advisors to obtain advice.

Obviously, confidentiality is a key aspect of a doctor and patient relationship. In light of the revised guidance, it is therefore vitally important that when requests are made by third parties such as police, insurance companies and employers, careful consideration is given as to whether such disclosures are allowed pursuant to the General Medical Council guidelines.

hlw Keeble Hawson LLP’s designated healthcare sector group regularly acts for healthcare practitioners in a wide variety of matters. Our dedicated healthcare team - who between them have decades of experience within every facet of the healthcare market - are here to ensure you receive all of the legal support you need.

For more information contact Andrew Broadbent on 0114 252 1416 or email

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