Chapter 3. Medical Records and Confidentiality

  1. Diana M. Kloss LLB (London), LLM (Tulane), Barrister (Gray's Inn), Hon FFoM

Published Online: 21 APR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470776100.ch3

Occupational Health Law, Fourth Edition

Occupational Health Law, Fourth Edition

How to Cite

Kloss, D. M. (2005) Medical Records and Confidentiality, in Occupational Health Law, Fourth Edition, Blackwell Science Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470776100.ch3

Author Information

  1. Honorary Senior Lecturer in Occupational Health Law, University of Manchester, Part-time Chairman of Employment Tribunals

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 21 APR 2008
  2. Published Print: 7 FEB 2005

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780632064977

Online ISBN: 9780470776100



  • medical records;
  • confidentiality;
  • legal obligation;
  • legal profession;
  • confidential information


This chapter contains section titled:

  • The ownership of records

  • How long should records be kept?

  • The duty of confidence

  • The consent of the patient

  • Relationship with other health professionals

  • Medical audit

  • Disclosure of information to researchers

  • Disclosure in the public interest

  • Legal obligation to disclose information

  • Legal obligation to reply to questions

  • Legal professional privilege

  • Pre-trial disclosure in civil proceedings

  • Confidential information in the courts

  • Expert witnesses

  • The patient's right to know

  • Computer records and data protection

  • Information Commissioner's Employment Practices Data Protection Code: Information about Workers' Health

  • Human Rights Act and Privacy

  • Freedom of Information Act 2000

  • The employer's confidence

  • Official secrets

  • Defamation