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EVIDENCE (MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS) ACT 1958 - SECT 28

Confessions to doctors

S.  28(1) amended by No. 7418 s. 2(a), repealed by No. 69/2009 s. 8(3).

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S. 28(2) amended by Nos 7418 s. 2(b), 10074 s. 6(a), 83/1987 s. 105, 67/2013 s. 649(Sch. 9 item 18(a)).

    (2)     No physician or surgeon shall without the consent of his patient divulge in any civil suit action or proceeding any information which he has acquired in attending the patient and which was necessary to enable him to prescribe or act for the patient.

S. 28(3) inserted by No. 7418 s. 2(c), substituted by No. 10074 s. 6(b).

    (3)     Where a patient has died, no physician or surgeon shall without the consent of the legal personal representative or spouse of the deceased patient or a child of the deceased patient divulge in any civil suit action or proceeding any information which the physician or surgeon has acquired in attending the patient and which was necessary to enable the physician or surgeon to prescribe or act for the patient.

S. 28(4) inserted by No. 10074 s. 6(b).

    (4)     Subsection (3) shall cease to have any application to or in relation to any civil suit action or proceeding at and from the time at which there is no legal personal representative spouse or child of the deceased patient.

S. 28(5) inserted by No. 10074 s. 6(b).

    (5)     Subsections (2) and (3) do not apply to or in relation to—

        (a)     an action brought under Part III of the Wrongs Act 1958 to recover damages for the death of the patient;

S. 28(5)(b) amended by Nos 10191 s. 276, 67/2013 s. 649(Sch. 9 item 18(b)).

        (b)     proceedings brought under the Workers Compensation Act 1958 or the Accident Compensation Act 1985 or the Workplace Injury Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 2013 to recover compensation for the death of the patient; or

        (c)     any civil suit action or proceeding in which the sanity or testamentary capacity of the patient is the matter in dispute.

S. 29 amended by No. 9576 s. 11(1), repealed by No. 69/2009 s. 8(4).

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S. 30 repealed by No. 67/2014 s. 147(Sch. 2 item 16.3).

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Ss 31, 32 repealed by No. 69/2009 s. 8(5).

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S. 32A inserted by No. 110/1986 s. 133, repealed by No. 69/2009 s. 8(5).

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Pt 2 Div. 2A (Heading and ss 32B32G) inserted by No. 21/1998
s. 4.

Division 2A—Confidential communications

S. 32AB inserted by No. 2/2006 s. 27, amended by Nos 68/2009 s. 97(Sch. item 54.4), 52/2012 s. 15.



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