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What are your obligations with The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) – are you going to be ready?

Certain types of personal data must be treated with particular care due to the sensitive nature of that personal data. This is of course common sense. ‘Health’ comes under what the ICO (Information Commissioner’s Office) calls the ‘special category’, making it a mandatory obligation to comply with the GDPR and more especially if you work in the health professional field.

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Data protection – getting it right

Dentists across the UK will be all too familiar with the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) but possibly not yet accustomed to the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) which will apply from 25 May 2018. Notwithstanding Brexit, the UK government has indicated that it will implement the new regime.

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Dress codes, headscarves and discrimination

The issue of dress codes and religious clothing has featured in the news recently, following the case brought be a Belgian receptionist in Achbita v G4S Secure Solutions. The case was reported as supporting a ban on headscarves, but the actual outcome was slightly more complicated than that.

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The threat in a letter of claim

There can be few more frightening events in the professional life of a doctor than to receive a letter from a solicitor proposing to bring an action for compensation from a patient alleging negligence. The recipient should know that this probably heralds the start of an arduous form of mid-career audit. If things go badly there may be public humiliation ahead. This claim could be followed by a complaint to the General Medical Council that may end the doctor’s career. The days have long past when substandard clinical practice was assumed to be something that would be sorted out, often behind closed doors between the patient’s lawyers and those acting for the doctor’s indemnifiers.

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