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Section 25 Mental Healthcare Act 2017: Right to access medical records

Section 25 (Right to access medical records) under Chapter V (Rights of Persons with Mental Illness) of the Mental Healthcare Act, 2017 —

❝(1) All persons with mental illness shall have the right to access their basic medical records as may be prescribed.

(2) The mental health professional in charge of such records may withhold specific information in the medical records if disclosure would result in,—
 (a) serious mental harm to the person with mental illness; or
 (b) likelihood of harm to other persons.

(3) When any information in the medical records is withheld from the person, the mental health professional shall inform the person with mental illness of his right to apply to the concerned Board for an order to release such information.❞

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