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Tuesday, October 10, 2006
  Secret Medical Files
If medical records are held on someone then they should be provided to them. What I cannot understand is why the University Hospital of North Staffordshire have not yet done this with the Special Case files.
 
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AFAIK there is one reason that medical files may not be released. That is because they could be harmful to the patient- this is certainly the case in some mental health cases.
Unfortunately I suspect this may become an excuse in many cases...
Either that or they've lost the records...
 
Please forgive me if I have this wrong, but I always understood that a patient's record was the property of the NHS. In other words, they are maintained by the GP in respect of his PATIENT.

A patient's access to her/his records is surely only as permitted by law.
 
The answers to Graham's points are in fact on my blog. I have asked a number of questions relating to this.
 
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