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Medical Records: Disclosure of Information

Volume 485: debated on Wednesday 17 December 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what guidance his Department provides to healthcare trusts on the release of medical records to representatives of deceased people. (243935)

Access to the health records of a deceased person is governed by the Access to Health Records Act 1990. Guidance to trusts and the public on how to access such records is provided in the form of ‘frequently asked questions’ on the Department’s website and can be found at:

http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/Managingyourorganisation/Informationpolicy/Patientconfidentialityandcaldicottguardians/FAQ/DH_065886#_38

A copy of the guidance has been placed in the Library.