FOM President, Dr Richard Heron, today welcomed updated guidance on confidentiality from the GMC, saying:
“The Faculty of Occupational Medicine welcomes updated GMC guidance on confidentiality, which is helpful in referring to the issues involved in providing medical reports related to employment. Occupational health plays an important role in supporting workers with illness and disability, and clarity regarding medical confidentiality is important in ensuring ethical practice to support patients appropriately. The updated guidance complements a detailed ethical guidance document produced by FOM to advise doctors and other multidisciplinary health professionals working in the field of occupational health regarding confidentiality and other ethical issues.”
The updated guidance can be read here.