Practice Relating to Rule 26. Medical Activities
Section B. Respect for medical secrecy
Sri Lanka’s Prisons Ordinance (1878), as amended to 2005, states:
DUTIES OF OFFICERS
18. (1) It shall be lawful for the Minister after consulting the Minister charged with the subject and function of Health to make rules as to each of the following matters:–
(b) the records to be made respecting sick prisoners;
(2) The medical officer shall obey all rules made Medical under subsection (1).
HEALTH OF PRISONERS
67. All recommendations given by the medical officer in relation to any prisoner, with the exception of orders for the supply of medicines or directions relating to such matters as are carried into effect by the medical officer himself or under his superintendence, shall be entered day by day in his journal, which shall have a separate column, wherein entries shall be made by the Superintendent stating in respect of each recommendation the fact of its having been or not having been complied with, accompanied by such observations, if any, as the Superintendent thinks fit to make, and the date of the entry.
These articles apply to persons deprived of their liberty under Sri Lanka’s Emergency Regulations (2005) pursuant to section 19 of these regulations.
Sri Lanka’s Emergency Regulations (2005), as amended to 2008, states:
Any … [person] who renders any medical assistance to, or from whom medical assistance is sought by, an injured person who appears to have received such injury consequent to the use of a firearm, bomb, explosive or other lethal substance or device shall record the particulars of the identity of such injured person, the details of the injury and wherever possible the circumstances under which it had been caused and forthwith furnish such information to the nearest Police station.