Medical Health Law in the UK

It is important for the healthcare service-providers to consider the physiological differences of men and women and address them properly. The healthcare service-providers should keep in mind that the physical differences between the two genders and identify the need for medical treatment while framing medical and healthcare laws. A medical health law that is framed considering the physiological differences between the sexes reflects the concern and a sense of responsibility of the lawmakers towards the citizen of a country.  The UK government has introduced a large number of medical health laws that protect the people of the nation against all sorts of medical threats.

  • Health Act 2009: The Health Act 2009 has acquired Royal Accent. According to this Act, the Primary Care Trusts should create and bring out a Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment that will be used for identifying the applications that need to be included in a pharmaceutical list. It binds the National Health Service (NHS) with the legal responsibility to respect the NHS constitution that protects the principles of the organization and specifies the rights and duties of both the patients and the medical staffs.
  • Mental Health Act 2007: The Mental Act 2007 is an amended version of the Mental Health Act 1983 and the Mental Capacity Act 2005 of the United Kingdom. Most part of this specific ACT was implemented towards the end of 2008. This medical health law is applicable for the people living in Wales and England. The definition of mental disorder provided by the Mental Health Act 2007 is much different from that provided by the 1983 Act. New criteria for detention are witnessed in this Act.
  • Access to Health Records Act 1990: Under this Act, only certain people can have the right to access the medical records of a dead individual.   The people who can claim to have access to a deceased person’s medical documents include the personal representative of the one who has died and any other individual who have a claim due to the person’s death.  The written application needs to be submitted to have access to the records. The application needs to be sent to the organization that has the records in its store. To cite an example, for GP records, you can send your application to the concerned GP practice. To see the hospital records, you can approach the records manager of the hospital where the dead person was admitted. You might be asked to provide concrete evidences to prove your claims and might need to show identity evidences.
  • Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970: This particular Act was introduced to serve the interests of the chronically sick and disabled people in the United States. Sections 1-3 of this Act are all about housing and welfare of the disabled population. The other sections of the Act are also related to the welfare of the disabled people living in the United States. Section 26 prompts the local educational authorities to make special educational treatment for the kids suffering from autism and other types of childhood psychosis.

All these medical health laws apply to both men and women living within the territory of the United Kingdom.