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17 Jan 2004

was confidentiality breached
20 years ago I very stupidly took some pills and tried to kill myself. I got upset recently and my mom decided that I was looney again so she phoned my family doctor who as luck would have it had just renewed my imovane script. His receptionist very nicely told my mom that I had a script for sleeping tablets which had just been sent to the chemist. Then all hell breaks loose and ppl are phoning and cancelling scripts. I feel violated. How dare they tell my mother that I needed sleeping pills. How dare they tell her I even had a script for medicine. I can accept that when she phoned to say she was concerned and that could they not prescribed anything without a consultation. Fair enough if the agreed to that. They however went a step further and disclosed medical information about me. I want heads to roll. I am 38 years old and no one can tell me what to do. I have not lived at home for 21 years, Im married and have three kids.
When do I get treated like an adult.
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01 Jan 0001

Ooze, I doubt that heads will roll, but you might get an apology or two. :-) The best would be to first find out exactly what was said by whom, because you might have just half the info.
The secretary was not supposed to tell your mother what medication you’re on and she definitely can’t cancel your script. Whether this constitutes breach of confidentiality, I don’t really know. You can’t really sue your mother for telling someone you were a bit loony once, but she also didn’t have the right to cancel your prescription. In the end, it all comes down to whether you were harmed in any way before the courts will “make heads roll”. I doubt that they will feel that you were harmed, but it’s of course your prerogative. Good luck.
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