Our expert says:
so sorry for the delay in replying I have been checking your question out. At 19 you should be given confidentiality. The specialist is not necessarily at fault for giving the information to your doctor as your cannabis use may have had an influence on your medical condition. However your doctor should not have passed this information to your parents given your age. He has breached your confidentiality. If you wish to complain about this you can contact the Health Professions Council of South Africa who deal with complaints.
The address is:
Health Professions Council of South Africa
PO Box 205
You need to identify the doctor concerned by their surname, initials, practice address and if possible their practice number. You will need to explain what happened and what your complaint is. The HPCSA will then let you know if you have a case. Your doctor may have been concerned about you and this may be his reason for informing your parents, but this does not mean he was right to do so.
Hope this is helpful.
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