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[Editorial] Suicide: who should know?

01 Feb 2014

On average, every 2 hours in England, somebody ends their own life. Prevention of suicide is not the exclusive responsibility of any one sector of society, and a death by suicide certainly affects many individuals both personally and professionally involved with the deceased. Legal duties of confidentiality can mean that doctors and nurses are blamed by grieving families and friends who feel let down because they were not aware of, or educated about, the risk facing their loved one. A new consensus statement coordinated by the Department of Health in England acts as a reminder to health-care providers about their rights and duty to make judgments about communicating risks facing their patients and the role of the family in cases of suicide.

Date: 
1 February 2014

Click here to view the full article which appeared in The Lancet