A doctor’s involvement with the Fixed Threat Assessment Centre sparks an unusual dilemma. Dr Kathryn Leask gives her response
Must I reveal my patient’s data?
QI am a psychiatrist and have been contacted by the Fixed Threat Assessment Centre in London. They have forwarded letters to me that a patient of mine has been sending to a member of the royal family.
These letters are not threatening but they do suggest the patient has an unnatural fixation and I can understand why there is concern about the content. I am aware the patient does have some mental health problems, but I do not believe he is a physical danger to anyone.
He appears to be sending letters at least once a week. They have asked me for information about my patient’s mental health.
In view of the nature of the letters and the importance of the recipient, am I obliged to disclose information without the patient’s consent?LOGIN OR REGISTER TO READ MORE……………