|1.||That a patient/client has a right to expect that information given in confidence will be used only for the purpose for which it was given and will not be released to others without their consent.|
|2.||That practitioners recognise the fundamental right of their patients/clients to have information about them held in secure and private storage.|
|3.||That, where it is deemed appropriate to share information obtained in the course of professional practice with other health or social work practitioners, the practitioner who obtained the information must ensure, as far as is reasonable, before its release that it is being imparted in strict professional confidence and for a specific purpose.|
|4.||That the responsibility to either disclose or withhold confidential information in the public interest lies with the individual practitioner, that he/she cannot delegate the decision, and that he/she cannot be required by a superior to disclose or withhold information against his/her will.|
|5.||That a practitioner who chooses to breach the basic principle of confidentiality in the belief that it is necessary in the public interest must have considered the matter sufficiently to justify that decision.|
|6.||That deliberate breaches of confidentiality, other than with the consent of the patient/client should be exceptional.|
A UKCC Advisory Paper, April, 1987.
Reproduced by kind permission of the UKCC.