Confidentiality

Confidentiality

Health professionals should be open about confidentiality and under what circumstances you would have to share the information and with whom.

Guidance by the GMC on confidentiality makes it clear that disclosure can exceptionally be made ‘in the public interest, and without the patient's consent, when it is believed that failure to pass information to an appropriate authority may expose the patient, or others, to risk of death or serious harm'. Whatever decision is made, the health care worker must be confident that their action will not place someone at greater risk of violence. For example Health Professionals should not share information about a victim's whereabouts with any professional acting on behalf of the perpetrator.