Andrea Mulligan, ‘Patient Confidentiality and Disclosure of HIV Status: Disentangling the Entitlement to Disclose from the Duty to Warn’

“Confidentiality is a fundamental principle of medical law and medical ethics, but it is not absolute. It is well established that doctors may disclose confidential information in certain limited circumstances. Perhaps the best-recognised justification is where disclosure serves the public interest, and specifically, where the disclosure is made to prevent harm to others. Well-established as the law on this point is, it is rarely litigated. As such, a new decision on public interest disclosure from any common law jurisdiction is of significance across the common law world, and perhaps beyond …”

Andrea Mulligan, Patient Confidentiality and Disclosure of HIV Status: Disentangling the Entitlement to Disclose from the Duty to Warn, Medical Law Review, https://doi.org/10.1093/medlaw/fwab005. Published: 20 October 2021.

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