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When might a patient pose a risk of serious harm to others?

Obvious examples involve crimes that cause serious physical or psychological harm to others but other examples include:

  • when a patient is unfit to drive (see our guidance Confidentiality: patients’ fitness to drive and reporting concerns to the DVLA or DVA)
  • when a patient has been diagnosed with a serious communicable
    or notifiable disease (see our guidance Confidentiality: disclosing information about serious communicable diseases)
  • when a patient is unfit to work (see our guidance Confidentiality: disclosing information for employment, insurance and similar purposes).

These examples are not exhaustive. You can find more detailed guidance at paragraphs 60 to 72 of Confidentiality.