Confidence and conflicts of duty in surgery

Coggon, John and Wheeler, Robert (2010) Confidence and conflicts of duty in surgery Annals of the Royal College of Surgeons of England, 92, (2), pp. 113-117. (doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2010.538). (PMID:20353640).


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This paper offers an exploration of the right to confidentiality, considering the moral importance of private information. It is shown that the legitimate value that individuals derive from confidentiality stems from the public interest. It is re-assuring, therefore, that public interest arguments must be made to justify breaches of confidentiality. The General Medical Council's guidance gives very high importance to duties to maintain confidences, but also rightly acknowledges that, at times, there are more important duties that must be met. Nevertheless, this potential conflict of obligations may place the surgeon in difficult clinical situations, and examples of these are described, together with suggestions for resolution

Item Type: Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi:10.1038/sj.bdj.2010.538
ISSNs: 0035-8843 (print)
Organisations: Southampton Law School
ePrint ID: 342897
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June 2010Published
Date Deposited: 19 Sep 2012 11:00
Last Modified: 17 Apr 2017 16:38
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