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How long had you worked there for?
Also, who did you request the patient list from and were you not asked why you needed it at the time?
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Many thanks for your patience. The issue appears to be that you used the patient list to directly approach the patients on it. Whether you could do that or not would depend on who actually legally owned the list. They may have been 'your' patients but the management of their details could have been down to the clinic, in which case it was their list. So the problem there would be the unauthorised use of their list and going beyond what you could do with it. For example, by them issuing you the list it would have been there for your own reference and any communications about you leaving would have been down to the clinic. So if you wanted to create your own list, over which you had management control, you would have had to start it yourself from scratch.
At this stage it may be best to contact them to apologise for any misunderstanding and without admitting to any specific wrongdoing, that you only did this as you believed you had rights to the list as these were your parients. If still required just tell them who you contacted and that you will not continue making further contact but would request that they do that on your behalf instead. It is for that reason you should remind them that it is better for you to do this with their consent.
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