A person over the age of 16 is entitled to full confidentiality, but in the case of patients below that age, if the doctor is not satisfied that the patient has sufficient maturity and understanding to appreciate what is involved in a medical treatment or procedure, the doctor may inform the patient's parents or guardian, provided that the doctor informs the patient that this is being done1. If the doctor is satisfied that the patient has sufficient maturity and understanding then full confidentiality applies2.
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