Closing a practice on behalf of a psychiatrist (for legal representatives)
Death of a psychiatrist
In the event of the death of a private practice psychiatrist who is holding health records, the responsibility and obligations of the health records will rest with the ‘legal representative’ of the psychiatrist. Colleagues of the deceased psychiatrist will often, where possible, offer assistance to the legal representative to try to ensure safe care of the patients concerned.
Private practice psychiatrists should consider preparing a practice closure contingency plan in the event of their sudden and unexpected illness, incapacitation or death. Refer to:
- Contingency planning for emergency closure of a practice
- Closing a practice: advice to individuals closing a private practice on behalf of a psychiatrist
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