Confidentiality of medical information after patient’s death: two new Upper Tribunal decisions – Panopticon

Posted November 15th, 2013 in appeals, confidentiality, freedom of information, medical records, news, tribunals by tracey

“The absolute exemption at section 41 extends to information obtained by the public authority the disclosure of which would give to an actionable breach of confidence. Does the obligation of confidence survive the death of the confider? If so, would a breach of that obligation be actionable, even if it is not clear exactly who could bring such an action? These issues arise most notably in the context of medical records. The Upper Tribunal has had something to say on this in two recent decisions.”

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Panopticon, 14th November 2013