Medical Confidentiality and Multidisciplinary Work: Child Sexual Abuse and Mental Handicap Registers
BMJ (British Medical Journal). 1987 Nov 21; 295(6609): 1315-1319.
We received a short paper from Dr. Williams raising the issue of medical confidentiality as encountered by general practitioners in cases of child sexual abuse. Similarly, we received a letter from Dr. Singh describing a conflict with his local social services department about the confidentiality of information requested by the department for inclusion in a mental handicap register. We asked a general practitioner, a consultant psychiatrist, a consultant paediatrician, an expert in medical ethics, and a solicitor to comment on these two cases.
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