Access to the medical file of hospitalised mentally ill individuals

Access to the medical file of hospitalised mentally ill individuals

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A mentally ill patient requested the Ombudsman’s mediation, complaining that he was refused access to his medical file from a psychiatric hospital, where he had been hospitalised, on the grounds that it serves the therapeutic purpose. The Ombudsman addressed the hospital and stressed that the patient’s access to his medical file is an inalienable statutory right. In particular, both the patient’s right to information and his access to the relevant medical file are enshrined in several provisions, more recently in special provision of Article 28, Law 3418/2005 “Doctor and Mental Health Care”. It also noted that respect for civil rights of the mental patient and his participation in the treatment is an accomplishment of indisputable importance: the patient is, at the same time, a free person. Following the Ombudsman’s intervention, the medical file was released to the patient.
 

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