Our expert says:
It does indeed sound like a breach of confidentiality. Your regular shrink might feel he would have to provide any relevant information to the HPCSA if asked by them, but giving extra information about you to the other shrink knowing that you had made a complaint about that doc, sounds irregular and unwise. If not relevant to the specific issue of the original complaint you made, one wonders why he would have disclosed such information. Had he shared whatever information this is, BEFORE your complaint and BEFORE the other doc was going to take over your care while shrink 1 was away, that would sound much more justifiable.
Neither psychiatrists nor doctors ought to "stick together" excessively and to the detriment of their patients, but in all lines of work such things do happen
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