A doctor can lift the confidentiality in specific circumstances. The derogations are exceptional and must remain so, according to the Council of the Medical Association.
The National General Medical Council calls "not to legislate in the urgency and emotion" after the air disaster that made 150 deaths in the Alps, March 24, 2015.
The risk would indeed modify the rules in the rush that surround medical confidentiality. In a statement released this morning, April 3, the College of Physicians said that this secret "established in the interest of patients, is a prerequisite for their confidence."
Only three circumstances to lift the confidentiality
Currently, the Criminal Code and the Public Health Code supervise very strictly the possible derogations. A doctor may have to lift the confidentiality under three circumstances:
A fourth scenario may be considered "exceptionally, and in case of serious and imminent risk of endangerment of others." After exhausting other solutions, the doctor can then inform his doctor colleague from work or prosecutor. But the Bar Council insists: "In any case, the information must be proportionate to the gravity of the danger. "