Confidentiality disclaimers on medical records – a waste of time and legally risky

Nerissa Ferrie

Most disclaimers on medical records and doctors’ notes have no practical application — and you may be in breach of the privacy legislation, as well as causing a lot of unnecessary angst, if you refuse to comply with a request for notes.

Helen, a practice manager at a small suburban GP clinic, recently called the medico-legal team at MDA National.