For those interested in health / healthcare privacy, Access to patient records is a note the House of Commons Library have just put out (short briefing for MPs) - dated 7 Jan 2009 but only recently added to their public website.
This 9 page paper outlines (under the Data Protection Act, Freedom of Information Act etc) rights of patients to access their own health records plus access on behalf of the patient or by other third parties, retention periods etc.
Mainly on England but much should apply to other parts of the UK too.
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