Subpoenas threatening patient privacy

A study published in Australasian Psychiatry said lawyers are being granted unfettered access to psychiatric records, particularly to “dig up dirt” in family law and civil proceedings.

Study co-author Dr Yvonne Skarbek, a psychiatrist, said GPs faced the same threat. “We’ve seen the increased practice of ‘wide scope’ subpoenas, where each doctor’s record is subpoenaed with devastating consequences in terms of loss of trust.”

GP Dr Stan Doumani has practised in Weston, ACT, since 1978 and reckons he gets subpoenaed about once a

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