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Access to Medical Records for Insurance Purposes

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Access to Medical Records for Insurance Purposes

Some insurance companies were obtaining full medical records through the use of SARs rather than asking for a report from the applicant’s GP, as previously agreed with the ABI (Association of British Insurers). This matter was raised to the ICO by the BMA as there were concerns that this practice was potentially a breach of the Data Protection Act 1998.

As a result, life insurers previously using SAR have withdrawn requesting them and are now pursuing solutions using the Access to Medical Reports Act process.

Please visit the BMA website for further information.



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Consortium of Local Medical Committees
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Tel: 01772 863806


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