Published on Friday in the QUT Law Review is an article by Wendy Nixson, Has the Right to Breach Patient Confidentiality Created A Common Law Duty to Warn Genetic Relatives?
The abstract explains:
This paper discusses the conflict between a medical practitioner’s duty of care and duty to maintain patient confidentiality, and their statutory right to inform a relative about a possible genetic condition. The statutory right arguably creates a Rogers v Whitaker type duty to provide the same information a patient might require in order to make informed choices about testing and treatment. In the event that reasonable clinical judgment is not applied to disclosure, the genetic relative ought to be offered the opportunity to seek redress through the common law if they suffer harm as a result.