44. Access to health records.

An individual's right of access to his medical records is governed by the Data Protection Act 2018 and the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which is dealt with elsewhere in this work1.

The Access to Health Records Act 1990 provides that, in the case of a patient2 who has died, an application3 for access to a health record4, or to any part of it, may be made to the holder5 of the record by the personal representative of the patient, and by any person who may have a claim arising out of his death6. Access must be given within 21