Patient who stabbed another ‘should be asked’ about sharing medical records

A psychiatric patient who allegedly stabbed a fellow patient should be asked whether their medical records can be shared in a report of the incident, Dublin Coroner’s Court has heard.

The court was told that a final report into the alleged stabbing has been left in “draft, incomplete form” because of privacy issues surrounding the alleged assailant’s medical records, The Irish Times reports.

The alleged attacker has been named in court as “Patient A”.

Solicitor Kevin Power, representing St Loman’s Mental Health Services, told the court the hospital had requested permission “to share those records with other parties”.

Mr Power added: “Patient A should be asked to give a view on that given that they are ultimately Patient A’s records.”

He said the report had been held up because the hospital was “very concerned about Patient A’s records being provided to other parties”.

Coroner Dr Brian Farrell, presiding over the inquest, is expected to consider the request.

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