Woman sues UK hospital over Huntington’s inheritance
3rd December 2018
Excerpt from article:
“‘This could really change the way we do medicine, because it is about the duty that doctors have to share genetic test results with relatives and whether the duty exists in law,’ Dr Anna Middleton, head of society and ethics research at the Wellcome Genome Campus in Cambridge, told the Observer.
The case was ‘struck out’ (not permitted to proceed to trial) by the High Court in 2015, because of concerns that if doctors were required to disclose genetic information to a patient’s family, it would undermine doctor-patient confidentiality. This decision was overturned by the Court of Appeal in 2017 (see BioNews 901), and a hearing date has now been set for November 2019.”