Veterans: Medical Records

Ministry of Defence written question – answered on 17th June 2022.

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Photo of Luke Pollard Luke Pollard Shadow Minister (Defence)

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 June 2022 to Question 9141 on Veterans: Medical Records, what his Department's policy is on how long Defence Medical Services should retain the medical records of service personnel after their discharge.

Photo of Leo Docherty Leo Docherty Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State (jointly with the Ministry of Defence)

The Department of Health and Social Care recommended minimum retention period for primary health care records is 10 years after an individual's death or their permanent migration from the EU. The Ministry of Defence retention period for primary health care records is 100 years from the individual's date of birth.

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