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Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (Act No. 2 of 2000)

Part 2 : Access to Records of Public Bodies

Chapter 3 : Manner of Access

30. Access to health or other records

 

 

1) If the information officer who grants, in terms of section 11, a request for access to a record provided by a health practitioner in his or her capacity as such about the physical or mental health, or well-being—
a) of the requester; or
b) if the request has been made on behalf of the person to whom the record I relates, of that person,

(in this section, the requester and person referred to paragraphs (a) and (b), respectively, are referred to as the "relevant person"), is of the opinion that the disclosure of the record to the relevant person might cause serious harm to his or her physical or mental health, or well-being, the information officer may, before giving access in terms of section 29, consult with a health practitioner who, subject to subsection (2), has been nominated by the relevant person.

 

2) If the relevant person is—
a) under the age of 16 years, a person having parental responsibilities for the relevant person must make the nomination contemplated in subsection (1); or
b) incapable of managing his or her affairs, a person appointed by the court to manage those affairs must make that nomination.

 

3)
a) If, after being given access to the record concerned, the health practitioner consulted in terms of subsection (1) is of the opinion that the disclosure of the record to the relevant person would be likely to cause serious harm to his or her physical or mental health, or well-being, the information officer may only give access to the record if the requester proves to the satisfaction of the information officer that adequate provision is made for such counselling or arrangements as are reasonably practicable before, during or after the disclosure of the record to limit, alleviate or avoid such harm to the relevant person.
b) Before access to the record is so given to the requester, the person responsible for such counselling or arrangements must be given access to the record.