New privacy laws affect all GPs

From February this year, changes to privacy laws have been put in place that are likely to significantly affect doctors and their practice.

Many doctors will not be aware of their new obligations leaving them vulnerable to inadvertently breaching the Privacy Amendment Act, 2017.

“Ignorance is no excuse as a legal argument,” Dr Peter Walker, GP and senior risk manager at Avant explained.

This latest amendment to the privacy laws demands that doctors must have an updated protocol on how breaches of a patient’s privacy should be handled. Both the patient and the relevant authority must be notified if a breach occurs that is thought to potentially cause the patient harm.

If something goes wrong and the patient’s privacy is breached, doctors must ...

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