Armed Forces: Medical Records

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 12th December 2017.

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Photo of Madeleine Moon Madeleine Moon Chair, Defence Sub-Committee, Chair, Defence Sub-Committee

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, Pursuant to the Answer of 30 November 2017 to Question 115323 on armed forces: medical records, which of the regulations and standards referred to in that answer have been amended since 2013.

Photo of Tobias Ellwood Tobias Ellwood The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Defence

Since 2013, a number of textual amendments or annotations have been made to the following regulations, such as to reflect changes in related legislation:

• Access to Medical Reports Act 1988

Human Rights Act 1998

• Access to Health Records Act 1990

Computer Misuse Act 1990

Data Protection Act 1998

Health and Social Care (Safety and Quality) Act 2015

Following a second review of information governance, the Caldicott Principles were revised in 2013. A seventh principle 'the duty to share information can be as important as the duty to protect patient confidentiality' was introduced.

The General Medical Council - Confidentiality: Good Practice in Handling Patient Information (2017) updates guidance previously published in 2009.

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