Battling for progress: GPRs vs SARs


Subject access requests and online technology have opened the debate over GP reports. Ian Smart asks if this could remove a perennial insurance bugbear.

The recent decision by some protection providers to start using subject access requests (SARs) under the Data Protection Act, instead of GP reports obtained under the Access to Medical Reports Act, has sparked some heated debate. Comments range from it being foolish to “about time – everyone should do it”. The reality is that, at least in the short term, the outcome is going to end up somewhere in between the two extremes and hopefully, the longer term future will bring something of benefit to all. SIZING UP FOR BATTLE But before looking at where this may go, it is helpful to look...

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