Doctors are ethically obliged to maintain strict confidentiality to protect the privacy and dignity of the patients they treat. Therefore, they cannot divulge any secrets learnt during the treatment of a patient, except in some cases. For instance, if a Court orders it or there is a risk to the community. For the same reason, they are also not allowed to publish pictures of patients from which they can be identified, without their consent. 1 If the identity of the patient is not revealed from the picture or consent is given by them, then the doctor may use it for publication.
- Section 7.17, Indian Medical Council (Professional Conduct, Etiquette and Ethics) Regulation, 2002