Coronavirus (1227) BOOM time for Evidence based and informed care - Post COVID19 (2) Access to personal medical records (9)

13 April, 2021


Many of your concerns are reflected in the WHO's patient safety plan including (of course!) patient access to their records. Patients and information are underutilised resources in health and medical care:

We are engaging with our UK doctors' regulatory agency asking them to mandate training for doctors on record sharing with patients.


- Recognizing that improving and ensuring patient safety is a growing challenge to health service delivery globally the Seventy-second World Health Assembly in 2019 adopted resolution WHA72.6 on global action on patient safety. It urged Member States - and, where applicable, regional economic integration organizations - inter alia, to recognize patient safety as a healthh priority in health sector policies and programmes.

- The Health Assembly also requested the Director-General, inter alia, to formulate a global patient safety action plan in consultation with Member States and all relevant stakeholders, including in the private sector, for submission to the 74th World Health Assembly in 2021 through the Executive Board at its 148th session.

- In response, the Secretariat has initiated the development of a draft global patient safety action plan. The action plan aims to provide Member States and other stakeholders with an action-oriented framework to facilitate the implementation of strategic patient safety interventions at all levels of health systems globally over the next 10 years (2021-2030).

- The draft actiion plan will provide strategic direction for all stakeholders in improving patient safety in their practice domain through policy actions as well as implementation of recommendations at the point of care. The draft action plan will provide list of suggested actions for governments, civil society, international organizations, intergovernmental organizations, the Secretariat and, most importantly, for health care facilities.

HIFA profile: Richard Fitton is a retired family doctor - GP, British Medical Association. Professional interests: Health literacy, patient partnership of trust and implementation of healthcare with professionals, family and public involvement in the prevention of modern lifestyle diseases, patients using access to professional records to overcome confidentiality barriers to care, patients as part of the policing of the use of their patient data

Email address: richardpeterfitton7 AT