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Patient confidentiality and data protection

All NHS bodies and those carrying out functions on behalf of the NHS have a common law duty of confidence to patients and a duty to maintain professional ethical standards of confidentiality. Everyone working for or with the NHS who records, handles, stores, or otherwise comes across patient information has a personal common law duty of confidence to patients and to his or her employer. The duty of confidence continues even after the death of the patient or after an employee or contractor has left the NHS.

View our data protection web page for more information

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