New GMC Guidance on Confidentiality: Good Practice in Handling Patient Information

Published on: 9th February 2017

The General Medical Council is issuing new guidance on Confidentiality: good practice in handling patient information which will take effect from 25 April 2017.

While the principles of the current GMC guidance remain unchanged, it now clarifies:

  • The importance of sharing information for direct care, recognising the multi-disciplinary and multi-agency context doctors work in
  • The circumstances in which doctors can rely on implied consent to share patient information for direct care
  • The significant role that those close to a patient can play in providing support and care, and the importance of acknowledging that role.

The GMC also offers a What’s Changed document.

Read the revised confidentiality guidance here.

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