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TOPIC: Changes to Access to GP medical Records 25th May

Changes to Access to GP medical Records 25th May 7 months 4 weeks ago #212409

This may already be picked up somewhere, so this will just be a reminder and a post about my concerns.

At first sight it seems great, it is great. It should enable us to get our records from our GPs when we need them.

I just posted this in reply on another group. It may be of interest to Uk people wanting access to their medical records. My concern is that GPs will not want people requesting copies of all their documents for free, given there should be years of them. Very few have been digitised. However, once looked over, by someone just eyeballing them, non medical, many documents can then be destroyed if not significant. I have requested a full copy of mine even though I will be paying the full £50 just incase my GP goes into panic preservation mode. I need the history for my medical conditions and familial history for my children.

It indicates that instead of the current £10 for digital and £50 for old paper copies it should be free from the 25th May. However, when you look at the full document there is a clause that allows GPs to still charge.

Subject access requests (Quote from new guidance Data handing handbook for GPs)
–– Handling subject access requests is the subject of a separate BMA guidance document titled Access to health records.42 In most cases, patients must be given access to their medical records free of charge, including when a patient authorises access by a third party such as a solicitor. A ‘reasonable fee’ can be charged if the request is manifestly
unfounded or excessive, however, these circumstances are likely to be rare.

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