Coronavirus (COVID-19) - our advice for doctors

We recognise that this is a very difficult and worrying time for doctors. Our professional standards provide a framework for ethical decision making in a wide range of situations. They should be followed as far as practical in the circumstances. We're regularly updating our advice for doctors as the situation develops.

Confidentiality: disclosing information for employment, insurance and similar purposes

Doctors are sometimes asked to provide information about patients for a third party, like the patient’s employer or a benefits agency. Whether you work for a third party, or they’ve asked you – as the patient’s doctor – for information, this guidance applies to you.

It will help you to balance the duty of care you have to the patient with your obligation to the third party. There’s advice on what and how much information to disclose, as well as guidance on seeking the patient’s consent to disclose, recognising that sometimes disclosures will be required by law or the public interest.

This guidance came into effect 25 April 2017.

Download the guidance

You can download the guidance in English or Welsh.

Confidentiality - disclosing for employment, insurance, etc. purposes (English)
Confidentiality - disclosing for employment, insurance, etc. purposes (Welsh)