Monday, October 29, 2007
Police demand doctors report gun victims
It is kind of the police to lobby for outrageous policies such as requiring doctors to breach patient confidentiality when treating knife and gun wounds. It makes those of us worried about the potential abuse of national medical and social care databases look rather moderate. As Shami Chakrabati commented: "It's high time that child crime initiatives moved away from pure policing and back to social services — but forcing doctors to inform on patients is madness. British teenagers should never have to treat their own gun and knife wounds for fear of being reported to the police."