Case Note 69555 [2006] NZ PrivCmr 6 – DHB laboratory refuses father access to son’s blood test results

A father requested access to his son’s blood test results from a District Health Board laboratory. He had a valid power of attorney in respect of his son (who was over 16 years old) and requested the results under that authority. The father was refused access to the results because under the DHB’s policy, the results could not be released to either him or his son without the written permission of the son’s GP. The results were available through the GP directly.

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