Campaign for safer use of GP records

Since 2013 there has been an increase in requests for copies of entire GP records and a decrease in requests for medico-legal reports and letters from GPs for use in asylum claims. This may be a reflection of the reduction in availability of asylum lawyers and funding. Reports and letters usually attract a fee and time is needed to make the request. Copies of electronic records cannot be charged for.  

Using GP records in asylum decision-making can create problems as healthcare entries and opinions are about clinical matters and intended for communication between healthcare professionals. They are not intended to be used in asylum claims. TID has created the following resources:

  • Cover note about safe use of GP records in asylum claims (to use when GP record is requested)
  • Cover note about safe use of GP records in asylum claims (to use at new patient registration)

These are available at Medical Letter and Report Requests (yhphnetwork.co.uk)