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To be honest, unless the brother and his wife say that you gave this information and shouldn’t have done, then it’s unlikely that anything is going to happen unless someone has made a complaint.
It is potentially a breach of client confidentiality and a breach of the General Data Protection Regulations although because of the nature of the relationship between siblings and because of the nature of the problem, and the fact that it’s highly likely that it would be an obvious anyone who doesn’t even have any medical training, that the gentleman had dementia, you may not actually have been saying anything which the brother was not aware of already.
At some stage, common sense has to prevail.
If example the brother visited and wanted to know whether his brother could see him or whether he was in the middle of his lunch, on a strict interpretation, saying that he is at the middle of his lunch or he finished his lunch or you had bacon sandwiches for breakfast is a breach of data protection.
Because of the circumstances here whilst it may be a disciplinary issue, I cannot see being deemed to be gross misconduct.
A lot would depend on the view that the employer takes and whether anyone raises a complaint but if they don’t raise a complaint, I would be inclined to keep quiet unless you have a very good relationship with your employer in which case you might want to pre-empt the complaint by you raising the issue first if you feel that the employer is going to be comfortable with it.
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