Confidentiality, consent, and the media
Debashis Singh interviews medicolegal adviser Peter Schütte
- By: Debashis Singh
I waited patiently in the lobby of the Medical Defence Union building--just a gallstone's throw away from Harley Street--riveted by the details the receptionist was giving over the telephone about her relationship. I was torn away to meet Peter Schütte, a medicolegal adviser for the union, whose talk on how doctors should handle the media was still at the forefront of my mind. Among other things I learnt that it is best not to hide under a potato sack when entering and exiting the court--apparently it looks suspicious--and to face the media with one's best profile while avoiding winking or maniacal smiles.
“I am a specialist in legal and ethical aspects of medicine,” Dr Schütte began. “So when someone has a problem s/he will ring up, and I am one of about 20 or so who will answer the telephone. The problems we face are varied. It may be a