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The Access to Health Records (Northern Ireland) Order 1993

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4.—(1) In this Order “health professional” means—

(a)a fully registered person within the meaning of the Medical Act 1983(1) (medical practitioners);

(b)any of the following within the meaning of the Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972(2)—

(i)a dental practitioner;

(ii)an ophthalmic optician; or

(iii)a pharmacist;

(c)any of the following within the meaning of the Nurses, Midwives and Health Visitors Act 1979(3)—

(i)a registered nurse;

(ii)a registered midwife; or

(iii)a registered health visitor;

(d)any of the following within the meaning of the Professions Supplementary to Medicine Act 1960(4)—

(i)a registered chiropodist;

(ii)a registered dietitian;

(iii)a registered occupational therapist;

(iv)a registered orthoptist; or

(v)a registered physiotherapist;

(e)a clinical psychologist, child psychotherapist or speech therapist;

(f)an art or music therapist employed by a health service body; or

(g)a scientist employed by such a body as head of a department.

(2) The Department may amend paragraph (1) by order subject to affirmative resolution, but before making any such order the Department shall consult such bodies as appear to the Department to be representative of interests likely to be substantially affected by the order.

(3) The provisions of this Order shall apply in relation to health professionals in the public service of the Crown (in right both of Her Majesty’s Government in Northern Ireland and Her Majesty’s Government in the United Kingdom) as they apply in relation to other health professionals.

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