The Police obtained my medical information to see whether or not I am a fit person to continue to hold a shotgun certificate. I wish to achieve a satisfactory outcome for the distress and anxiety my GP has caused me.
Please point me to the relevant part of the DPA.
Thank you. However, I do not see the relevance of how the prevention or detection of crime or the apprehension or prosecution of offenders is relevant to my concern. The :Police had simply forwarded a copy of my application for a shotgun certificate, which I made in 2011, and pointed to the consent I gave to my GP at that time to approach him for medical information before the Police would grant the certificate. The Police did not rely on any aspect of the DPA to obtain the recent information.
To improve information sharing between the medical profession and the police with regards ***** ***** the BMA reached an agreement with the Association of Chief Police Officers that the police will notify a GP (by letter) if any of their patients have been issued or reissued with a certificate, asking if they have any concerns about their suitability to hold a weapon,
We are aware the current system of obtaining information is causing concern for GPs. The BMA and ACPO are looking for a longer and more enduring solution, however owing to the current legislation governing firearms licensing this will take longer than initially expected.
In the interim the BMA has agreed that the letters will continue to be sent out to doctors. Doctors are reminded that they are under no obligation to respond to these letters, but should they decide not to, doctors should inform the police as it will otherwise be assumed that there is nothing relevant on the medical record.
Where doctors are happy to respond to these letters, consent to the disclosure of any information should be sought as the letter does not currently indicate that consent has been given. If the patient does not consent to disclosure, this should ordinarily be respected, although the police must be informed to that effect. If, however, the doctor believes that the patient presents an immediate risk of serious harm to themselves or others, information should be disclosed even in the face of an explicit refusal.
The above section is from the BMA. Now I am confused.
Many thanks for your professional opinion!