What about patient confidentiality?

Doctors cannot contact your employer without your consent. Nor are they obliged to give advice to employers in relation to occupational health issues.

Any report provided by a GP to your employer needs to comply with the requirements of the Access to Medical Records Act 1988, which gives you, the patient, rights to consent (or refuse to consent) to the report being passed to your employer, as well as the right to read the report and comment on it before it is sent to the employer.

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