CONFIDENTIALITY is one of the most important principles in pharmacy practice: protecting patient confidentiality is a critical element in pharmacists’ integrity and professionalism.
This dilemma considers a number of scenarios, not necessarily linked, where patient confidentiality is compromised and in some occasions breached. For each scenario we have asked a number of questions to stimulate some reflection on the topic.
- Has patient confidentiality been breached?
- Should the pharmacist be referred to the GPhC for this breach in confidentiality?
- What sanction has been imposed?
We will publish the results of this dilemma next week.
Note: The purpose of this dilemma is to present a case that may occur in practice; for you to consider what you would do if faced with it; and to encourage you to reflect on your decision. The possible answers are examples, and are not an exhaustive list of all the potential solutions.