HC Deb 27 July 1982 vol 28 cc483-4W
Mrs. Dunwoody

asked the Secretary of State for Social Services if he is satisfied that no breaches of confidentiality by National Health Service staff, in contravention of their terms of contract, took place in connection with Dr. Leonard Arthur, Dr. Hugh Jolly and the Royal Eastwood hospital.

Mr. Kenneth Clarke

Prima facie, there was a breach of confidentiality in the Leonard Arthur case, and staff in the unit concerned have been reminded of their duties in this respect. I am not aware of any reports of breaches of confidentiality by NHS staff in relation to patients treated by Dr. Hugh Jolly, or in the case at the Royal Earlswood hospital to which I believe the hon. Member is referring, and which was reported widely in the press. If the hon. Member has information to the contrary, or would like more details about the case at the Royal Earlswood hospital, perhaps she would care to write to me.