Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [1999] All ER (D) 1491
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Simon Brown, Aldous and Schiemann LJJ

Representation Michael Beloff QC, Charles Flint QC and Sarah Moore (instructed by Clifford Chance) for the applicant.
  Philip Sales and Jason Coppell (instructed by the Solicitor for the Department of Health) for the respondent.
  Mark Howard QC and Jemima Stratford (instructed by Cameron McKenna) for the Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry as intervenor.
  Nigel Pleming QC (instructed by Freshfields) for the National Pharmaceutical Association as intervenor.
  Lord Lester of Hernhill QC and Helen Mountfield (instructed by Field Fisher Waterhouse) for the General Medical Council as intervenor.
  Philip Havers QC (instructed by the Treasury Solicitor) for the Medical Research Council as intervenor.
Judgment Dates: 21 December 1999


Medical practitioner - Doctor and patient - Disclosure of confidential information - Company seeking to persuade doctors and pharmacists to disclose prescription information which did not reveal identity of patients - Department of Health advising that such disclosure would constitute breach of duty of confidence owed to patients - Whether disclosure of anonymous information by doctors and pharmacists could be breach of confidence.

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