I no longer trust any medical practicioner to manage my health and now want copies of every blood test results/scans/reports that I've ever had. Incidentally, we all have right of access to our own medical records under the Data Protection Act (1998), however, some people working in the medical field still seem to be refusing patient access to their own data, concerning them and noone else. My GP has been cooperative and gives me a copy of every blood test result I have, however, I'm having trouble accessing other data held in hosptals they seem reluctant to give me a copy of my own blood test results and in one particular instance I was told I'd have to pay £50 for a copy. This sounds unreasonable to me. It gets stranger still, as it turns out the law states you CAN access data concerning you, the patient, free of charge, this can be in the form of a follow-up consultation, a phone convesation, or through your GPs if they have access. However, the most reliable form of evidence concerning your data i.e. a copy, warrants a charge. I'm dumbstruck. I can't imagine the charge would cover realistic costs i.e. printing, sending, so what right do they have to do that? I know I have every right to data that concerns me, copies and all, but I refuse to pay such an extortionate cost for it.
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