Data Protection – GP Blocks Disclosure of Expert Report to Patient

Data Protection – GP Blocks Disclosure of Expert Report to Patient Deciding whether or not to disclose information under the Data Protection Act 1998 can involve a delicate balance being struck between privacy rights and the benefits of transparency. That was certainly so in one case in which a cancer sufferer sought disclosure by the General Medical Council (GMC) of an expert report that he believed might assist him in mounting a compensation claim against a GP. The patient claimed that the GP’s negligence had resulted in an avoidable delay of one year in the diagnosis of his bladder cancer. He had complained to the GMC, who resolved to take…