PIP & ESA Assessment. you can now get all medical records/reports scans etc for free.

The data protection act had changed in May this year, you can gain access to all your medical reports, consultants letters, scans , tests etc from GPS and hospital for the last two to three years, according to   Fightback4justice. Should be a game changer for getting reports re our medical history for PIP &ESA 

Medical records access

GDPR changes to Subject Access Requests and fees from 25 May 2018

The General Data Protection Regulations and the Data Protection Act 2018 replaced the Data Protection Act 1998 on 25 May 2018, bringing in widespread changes to UK data protection legislation. For GPs the act brings in a number of changes, specifically the charges that were in place for undertaking Subject Access Requests.

Since 25 May, in most cases, patients must be given access to their medical records as a Subject Access Request (SAR) free of charge, including when a patient authorises access by a third party such as a solicitor.

If the request is for a medical report to be created, or for interpretation of information within a medical report/record, this will fall under the Access to Medical Report Act (AMRA) - as these both require new data to be created, which is out with the scope of the GDPR and Subject Access Requests. In these cases, a fee can be charged.

A medical report/record that already exists will be accessible, for free, as an SAR. A ‘reasonable fee’ can be charged for SAR if the request is manifestly unfounded or excessive, however, these circumstances are likely to be rare.