Can a hospital withhold information from a patient?
Can a hospital withhold information from a patient? My GP wants to find out what medicines I was given when I was previously hospitalized. My daughter asked for my file. The hospital tells her my file has been archived and that only the doctor can disclose that information. Is that right?
You certainly are entitled to your records on demand. However relatives have no such automatic right of access to an adult patient’s records. If the patient lacks the mental capacity to consent to disclosure, a relative may apply for access to the medical records under the Promotion of Access to Information Act. (PAIA).If the hospital still won’t, you could ask to speak to the hospital administrator, or somebody on the board, or threaten them with a PAIA application. See these useful links for more information. http://www.hpcsa.co.za/Uploads/editor/UserFiles/downloads/conduct_ethics/rules/generic_ethical_rules/booklet_3_patients_rights_charter.pdfhttps://www.samedical.org/drs-patients-rights.htmlhttp://www.derma.co.za/images/Guide_to_medical_records_in_RZA.pdf