Do I Have To Tell My Employer About My Medical History?

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Do I have to tell my employer about my medical history?

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  1. Ultimately, it’s your choice. However, it may not be in your best interests if you decide not to. You should therefore think about it carefully before you decide.

    The Access to Medical Reports Act 1988 states that your employer cannot ask your GP for a medical report on you without your knowledge and consent. You do not have to give your consent. If you do agree, you can ask to see the doctor’s report before it is sent to your employer. Your doctor must wait 21 days before sending it, so you have time to see the document.

    You may ask, in writing, for the report to be amended if you feel it is incorrect or misleading. Your doctor can agree to amend the report. If they don’t agree, they must attach a note of your views and explain why they won’t change it.

    If you’re still unhappy with the report, you have the right to stop it being sent to your employer.

    However, if you stop a medical report being sent to a new employer, they may not be able to employ you for a number of reasons – for example, if an occupational health assessment is part of their recruitment procedure.

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