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8 Applications to the court.E+W+S

(1)Subject to subsection (2) below, where the court is satisfied, on an application made by the person concerned within such period as may be prescribed by rules of court, that the holder of a health record has failed to comply with any requirement of this Act, the court may order the holder to comply with that requirement.

(2)The court shall not entertain an application under subsection (1) above unless it is satisfied that the applicant has taken all such steps to secure compliance with the requirement as may be prescribed by regulations made by the Secretary of State.

(3)For the purposes of subsection (2) above, the Secretary of State may by regulations require the holders of health records to make such arrangements for dealing with complaints that they have failed to comply with any requirements of this Act as may be prescribed by the regulations.

(4)For the purpose of determining any question whether an applicant is entitled to be given access under section 3(2) above to any health record, or any part of a health record, the court—

(a)may require the record or part to be made available for its own inspection; but

(b)shall not, pending determination of that question in the applicant’s favour, require the record or part to be disclosed to him or his representatives whether by discovery (or, in Scotland, recovery) or otherwise.

(5)The jurisdiction conferred by this section shall be exercisable by the High Court or a county court or, in Scotland, by the Court of Session or the sheriff.

9 Avoidance of certain contractual terms.E+W+S

Any term or condition of a contract shall be void in so far as it purports to require an individual to supply any other person with a copy of a health record, or of an extract from a health record, to which he has been given access under section 3(2) above.

10 Regulations and orders.E+W+S

(1)Regulations under this Act may make different provision for different cases or classes of cases including, in particular, different provision for different health records or classes of health records.

(2)Any power to make regulations F1. . . under this Act shall be exercisable by statutory instrument.

(3)Any statutory instrument containing regulations under this Act or an order under section 2(3) above shall be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

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11 Interpretation.E+W+S

In this Act—

  • application” means an application in writing and “apply” shall be construed accordingly;

  • care” includes examination, investigation, diagnosis and treatment;

  • F2. . .

  • [F3general medical services contract” means a contract under [F4 section 84 of the National Health Service Act 2006 or section 42 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006]F4;]

  • [F5F3general medical services contract” means a contract under section 17J of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978]

  • F5F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

  • [F7[F8Health Authority” means a Health Authority established under section 8 of the National Health Service Act 1977;

  • Health Board” has the same meaning as in the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;

  • health service body” means—

    (a)

    [F9[F10a Strategic Health Authority, Health Authority][F11, Special Health Authority [F12, Local Health Board]F12 or Primary Care Trust];

    (b)

    a Health Board;

    (c)

    [F13a State Hospital Management Committee constituted under section 91 of the M1Mental Health (Scotland) Act 1984; [F14F14...or]F14...F13]

    (d)

    a National Health Service trust first established under section 5 of the M2National Health Service and Community Care Act 1990 [F15, section 25 of the National Health Service Act 2006 or section 18 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006]F15 or section 12A of the National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978;

    (e)

    [F16an NHS foundation trust;]

  • F16information”, in relation to a health record, includes any expression of opinion about the patient;

  • [F17Local Health Board” means a Local Health Board established under section 11 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006;]

  • F17make”, in relation to such a record, includes compile;

  • F2. . .

  • [F18“Primary Care Trust” means a Primary Care Trust established under [F19section 18 of the National Health Service Act 2006]F19;]

  • [F20Special Health Authority” means a Special Health Authority established under [F21section 28 of the National Health Service Act 2006 or section 22 of the National Health Service (Wales) Act 2006]F21.]

  • [F22“Strategic Health Authority” means a Strategic Health Authority established under [F23section 13 of the National Health Service Act 2006]F23.]]]]

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F2Definitions of “child” and “parental responsibility” repealed (1.3.2000) by 1998 c. 29, s. 74(2) Sch. 16 Pt. I; S.I. 2000/183, art. 2(1)

F4In s. 11 words in definition of "general medical services contract" substituted (E.W.) (1.3.2007) by National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 43), ss. 2, 8, Sch. 1 para. 136(a) (with Sch. 3 Pt. 1)

F6S. 11: definition of "general practitioner" repealed (E.W.) (1.4.2004) by Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (c. 43), ss. 184, 196, 199, Sch. 11 para. 57(5)(b), Sch. 14 Pt. 4; S.I. 2004/288, arts. {5(1)(2)(v)}, {6(2)(j)} (as amended by S.I. 2004/866, art. 2); S.I. 2004/480, arts. {4(2)(z)}, {5(2)(j)} (as amended by S.I. 2004/1019, art. 2); and omitted (S.) (1.4.2004) by virtue of The Primary Medical Services (Scotland) Act 2004 (Modification of Enactments) Order 2004 (S.S.I. 2004/167), art. 2, Sch. para. 3(5)(b)

F8Definition of “Health Authority” inserted (28.6.1995) by 1995 c. 17, s. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. III para. 119(4)(a) (with Sch. 2 paras. 6, 16)

F9Para. (a) in definition of “health service body” substituted (28.6.1995) by 1995 c. 17, s. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. III para. 119(4)(b) (with Sch. 2 paras. 6, 16)

F10S. 11: words in para. (a) of definition of “health service body” substituted (1.10.2002) by S.I. 2002/2469, reg. 4, Sch. 1 Pt. 1 para. 17(a)

F11Words in the definition of “health service body” in s. 11 substituted (E.W.) (8.2.2000) by S.I. 2000/90, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 para. 25(a)

F12S. 11: words in definition of "health service body" inserted (1.4.2007) by The References to Health Authorities Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/961), art. 3, Sch. para. 21(2)(a)

F13S. 11: definition of "health service body" para. (c) repealed (S.) (5.10.2005) by Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp. 13), ss. 331(2)(3), 333(2)-(4), Sch. 5 Pt. 1; S.S.I. 2005/161, art. 3 (as amended by S.S.I. 2005/375, art. 2)

F15In s. 11 words in definition of " health service body" para. (d) inserted (E.W.) (1.3.2007) by National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 43), ss. 2, 8, Sch. 1 para. 136(c) (with Sch. 3 Pt. 1)

F16S. 11: definition of "health service body" para. (e) inserted (E.W.) (1.4.2004) by Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 (c. 43), ss. 34, 199, Sch. 4 para. 88; S.I. 2004/759, art. 2

F17S. 11: definition of "Local Health Board" inserted (1.4.2007) by The References to Health Authorities Order 2007 (S.I. 2007/961), art. 3, Sch. para. 21(2)(b)

F18Definition of “Primary Care Trust” inserted (E.W.) (8.2.2000) by S.I. 2000/90, art. 3(1), Sch. 1 para. 25(b)

F19In s. 11: words in definition of "Primary Care Trust" substituted (E.W.) (1.3.2007) by National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 43), ss. 2, 8, Sch. 1 para. 136(d) (with Sch. 3 Pt. 1)

F20Definition of “Special Health Authority” inserted (28.6.1995) by 1995 c. 17, s. 2(1), Sch. 1 Pt. III para. 119(4)(c) (with Sch. 2, paras. 6, 16)

F21In s. 11 words in definition of " Special Health Authority" substituted (E.W.) (1.3.2007) by National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 43), ss. 2, 8, Sch. 1 para. 136(e) (with Sch. 3 Pt. 1)

F22S. 11: definition of “Strategic Health Authority” inserted (1.10.2002) by S.I. 2002/2469, reg. 4, Sch. 1 Pt. 1 para. 17(b)

F23In s. 11 words in definition of "Strategic Health Authority" substituted (E.W.) (1.3.2007) by National Health Service (Consequential Provisions) Act 2006 (c. 43), ss. 2, 8, Sch. 1 para. 136(f) (with Sch. 3 Pt. 1)

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12 Short title, commencement, and extent.E+W+S

(1)This Act may be cited as the Access to Health Records Act 1990.

(2)This Act shall come into force on 1st November 1991.

(3)This Act does not extend to Northern Ireland.

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