Medical Records – And Your Rights
All Patients have a legal right to view all medical records, set out by the ‘1998 Data Protection Act..
However, under certain circumstances – medical professionals are entitled to withhold your right to reading medical records if:
- The records contain information that may be detrimental to your mental health
- The records contain information about a third party involved
- You are attempting to view someone else’s records – without a letter of consent
Apparently the NHS is intending to launch a new scheme this year, this means that you will be able to access your medical records over the internet. The electronic system which is a database is known as ‘Spine’. Patients will have the choice of opting out of inclusion in the database, and although the new system is already proving controversial – government ministers are hoping that the database will revolutionalise the old system of filing heaps of paper files.