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Written by a patient
26th February 2020

I wasted a great deal of time and incurred expenses to try and obtain my blood test results via a SAR under the GDPR. I had twice been sent the results without the ref ranges, rendering then useless. So I made a SAR and specifically requested the ref ranges. I simply received what I had already been sent 2 x, thus bringing the full number of incomplete responses to THREE. I incurred charges for making the SAR and had to take time off work to queue to collecting the response at the PO. When I contacted the relevant dept about the incomplete response, I was stunned by the ghetto-style lack of social skills. An argumentative male said “We’re not medical staff”. That was his excuse, which is nonsense. They are required to obtain the info from the relevant department. I have now given up because the OIC takes 12 weeks to investigate such service failures by which time the results will be so dated they are totally meaningless. Staff need urgent training in understanding statutory obligations under the GDPR, as well as communications and customer service training. They should be reminded that we actually fund them through our taxes.

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