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An employer must not approach an employee's GP for a medical
report without first obtaining the employee's written consent. When doing this,
the employer is obliged to inform the employee of his or her rights under the
Access to Medical Reports Act 1988. The employee has the right to see a copy of
the report once it is prepared but before it is relayed to the employer, to ask
the doctor to remove information the employee considers damaging or irrelevant
or to refuse to allow the doctor to release the report to the employer. These
rights do not generally extend to reports prepared by an independent doctor paid
for by the employer.
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