Access to Medical Records
All manual and computerised health records about living people are accessible under the Data Protection Act. Competent patients may apply for access to their own records, or may authorise a third party, such as their lawyer, to do so on their behalf. Parents may have access to their child’s records if this is in the child’s best interests and not contrary to a competent child’s wishes. People appointed by a Court to manage the affairs of mentally incapacitated adults may have access to information necessary to fulfil their function.