We are seeing more and more requests for the health records of the deceased. It does not have to be due to a claim against the NHS. Often it happens when relations ”fall-out” or there is a dispute about the will or an inheritance.
Sometimes (I kid you not) relations try their luck under the Freedom of Information Act.
Dealing with grieving relatives, particularly given the limited rights of access, can be a challenge. We are putting some fresh guidance on our Healthcare Resource Centre.