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Under the FOI Act can an individual ask the psychiatrist to

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Under the FOI Act can an individual ask the psychiatrist to provide him with hi full medical report for 3 years. with symptoms, diagnosis, treatment.

How should this request be forwarded, by email or registered post?
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Republic of Ireland Law
Expert:  Buachaill replied 4 years ago.

1. A psychiatrist is not a person to whom the Freedom of Information Act applies. The FoI Act only applies to certain government agencies and bodies and departments. If you have been a patient of a psychiatrist, then you have an entitlement at common law to all records of your treatment by him. This applies whether the psychiatrist is publicly employed by a public hospital or if retained privately. In each instance, the psychiatrist is obliged to provide the patient with all treatment records, including the symptoms, diagnosis, treatment adopted and patient outcome. If this is not provided to an individual, they may take court action to compel it. You should formally write to the psychiatrist and request all records. Please RATE the Answer positively so that I may get paid