GDPR and Doctors

I have had a complaint from a local medical practice about the way the new EU General Data Regulation is working. Under its terms the surgery can no longer charge the administrative costs of supplying information to insurance companies or legal firms wishing to pursue claims against the NHS. As a result I am told the number of such requests has gone up, and the GPs are having to spend more of their time on this work and therefore less on treating patients. I have agreed to take this up with the government.


  1. G Wilson
    August 30, 2018

    Another good example of the non-democratic EU making bad law.

    GDPR was never needed, and is having all kinds of bad side effects – for example, a number of US web sites, such as the LA Times no longer allow access to readers from the EU because of the EU’s imposition of this law.

    This unnecessary disruption of normal business is one more reason it’s essential for us to leave the EU.

  2. ChrisShalford
    August 31, 2018

    It is a little known effect of the EU’s GDPR that doctors and many others now have to supply this data without being able to charge and hence individuals can make disruptive requests if they choose to. There should be a reasonable statutory fee to deter unfair requests along the lines of that for the three credit reference agencies (Experian, Equifax and CallCredit).

  3. Iain Gill
    September 6, 2018

    Ask the GP why it is so hard to get a copy of your notes when you need to go private. With the NHS, in England, now refusing to do piles or trigger finger operations many more people are forced to go private, and the private Doc has to repeat the tests again as the NHS hospitals and gp’s refuse to give it to the private docs.

    Yet more waste in the system.

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