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    I am aware that next of kin can apply for the RAF service record for the likes of their deceased father, but it is it possible to also obtain a copy of the RAF medical file for same? My query relates to an RAF airman (not officer) who served with the RAF for 12 years from 1938 before resigning to move to New Zealand where he later died. His son would like to obtain a copy of the medical file if possible.

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    In a similar fashion to annual confidential reports and course reports, medical-in-confidence information falls outside the MOD's Publication scheme. The info that they will release is here:

    https://www.gov.uk/guidance/request-...vice-personnel

    It is also highly possible that the medical section of service records for the bulk of WW2 personnel, did not survive the various weeding exercises conducted post war.
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    Errol,
    Quite apart from Jonny’s very valid point, the only other possible avenue of approach might be to get the son’s doctor (or other health professional) to request the medical file under the UK Freedom of Information Act (non-UK citizens can use it).
    However the medics seem to have an in-built resistance to revealing what they wrote they thought was wrong with the patient – as opposed to what was actually wrong with him/her!! Threat of litigation, presumably?
    Not a lot of help, Errol – but you could try!
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    We had a recent case at the High Court in the U.K. where a woman had taken the NHS to court. The case is pertinent here, in that the lady was rather vexed that her deceased mother’s doctors had not shared her mother’s medical info with her. There was some question about genetic inheritance of a disease. However, it goes some way to illustrate that medical info is not routinely shared with immediate NOK. It is always worth a try, but your acquaintance should not get his hopes up.
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    Many thanks Gents. Any suggestions as to who my man might be best to write to in the first instance to make such an enquiry?

    Cheers,
    Errol

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    Errol,

    I think the best port of call would be the RAF Disclosures folk at RAF Cranwell:

    https://www.ctp.org.uk/military-disclosures-addresses

    In this way, if they so no, your acquaintance can always appeal a decision to the MOD Information Rights Team:

    https://www.gov.uk/government/organi...mation-charter

    Best of luck!

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    Errol,
    This (https://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/...ation-request/) might be a good starting point - but I'm no expert in these matters!
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    Many thanks once again Gents, much appreciated.

    Cheers,
    Errol

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