Your Legal Rights 2016


Medical legal rights including the NHS

If you are receiving dental or medical services, it is important to examine what rights you are entitled to. Since many of us will receive such services at some point, it is worth discovering them as soon as possible.

Data Protection Act
Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you are legally entitled to apply to discover health information about you. This can be private or National Health Service records held by a general practitioner, dentist, optician or hospital. Health records have information about your mental and physical health noted by a practitioner. You do not even have to provide a reason to see your health records.

What rights do you have when accessing dental care?
Patients have a right to look at records which are made about their dental treatments. If someone passes away, the right passes to those people who can make a claim against their estate. This takes place under the Access to Health Records Act 1990.

There are many websites you can use to check up on your various rights as someone using medical or dental services. Hopefully there will be no complications in your treatment but in the unlikely event that there is, it’s useful to find out more about what you are entitled to.


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