Avoiding temptation: Unauthorised access to patient records

When it comes to health information, concern for the welfare of someone you know can sometimes lead to problems

Dr A is a GP registrar completing a rotation in a busy city practice.*


One day, he walks into the waiting room to collect his next patient.

To his surprise, he sees Maria, a nurse he used to work with in another practice. Maria is waiting to see Dr B, one of Dr A’s colleagues.

She is extremely thin.

Dr A is concerned because he always suspected that Maria, someone he respected and liked, had an eating disorder.

So later in the day, Dr A looks at Maria’s medical record to see