Confidentiality

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Confidentiality

Postby papyrus » Tue Oct 25, 2016 2:10 pm

When a young person is at risk, PAPYRUS believes that parents, partners, family members or primary caregivers can make a significant contribution to supporting that young person and should be included wherever possible in sharing of information which may protect life. Confidentiality is a real issue. One of our key campaign areas is to address this. A Consensus Statement which was agreed between the various Royal Colleges (GPs, Psychiatrists etc.) and other national associations which helps set out the principles of why we must prioritise patient safety over confidentiality where there is a risk of suicide. Sadly, in the view of PAPYRUS, this is rather a 'best kept secret' and needs to be pushed at the highest levels to ensure that local practice improves. As a member of HM Government's National Suicide Prevention Strategy Advisory Group, PAPYRUS continues to campaign on this front.
Our view is simple:
PAPYRUS wrote:
Confidentiality between patient and doctor is an important principle. However, the safety of the patient is paramount and therefore sharing of information may well need to happen in order to save life. The Government's Suicide Prevention Strategy for England states that, ‘there are clearly times when mental health service practitioners, in dealing with a person at risk of suicide, may need to inform the family about aspects of risk to help keep the patient safe.’ Where the individual is under 18, the issue is even clearer: GMC Guidelines for all doctors dealing with 0-18 year-olds state that they should disclose information if this is necessary to protect the child or young person, or someone else, from risk of death and serious harm. The guidelines make clear that the doctors' ultimate responsibility is safeguarding and protecting the health and wellbeing of children and young people.

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