Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Questions (220)

Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin

Question:

220. Deputy Caoimhghín Ó Caoláin asked the Minister for Health if a person is ordinarily allowed access to their recently deceased partner's medical records, both general practitioner and hospital records (details supplied); and if he will make a statement on the matter. [45184/13]

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Written answers (Question to Health)

The Medical Council's "Guide to Professional Conduct and Ethics for Registered Medical Practitioners" advises that confidentiality is a fundamental principle of medical ethics and is central to the trust between patients and doctors. Patients are entitled to expect that information about them will be held in confidence. Patient information remains confidential even after death. Therefore, there is no automatic entitlement to releasing medical records to a third party.