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New Delhi, July 24 (PTI): The Central Information Commission has asked a health research institute to disclose details a former RAW official had sought, saying patients have a right to get their medical records from both public and private hospitals.



Information commissioner Sridhar Acharyulu said a patient was a “consumer” under the Consumer Protection Act. “This imposes a statutory obligation not only on public authorities such as the respondents in the case but also to every hospital, public or private, to furnish the record to the patient.”



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