Medical Records: Data Protection

House of Lords written question – answered on 11th June 2014.

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Photo of Lord Trefgarne Lord Trefgarne Conservative

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what are the rules relating to the release of patients' private medical information to insurance companies by general practitioners.

Photo of Earl Howe Earl Howe The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health

General practitioners (GPs) must ensure that patients have provided explicit consent before disclosing information to insurance companies. Additionally, under the provisions of the Access to Medical Reports Act 1988, patients have the right to view medical reports prepared for insurance companies and, where a patient has exercised this right, a GP cannot disclose the report to the insurance company until the patient has had the opportunity to review it or if the patient withdraws their consent.

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