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Started by DogBreath on Jul 8, 2020 8:45:28 AM
Workplace medical forms...

Is it normal for a company to request details of your lifetime medical history?

Is it normal for the info to be sent to HR and not a medical professional?

Delighted_User - 08 Jul 2020 08:53:10 (#1 of 20)

10 dull troll points.

airynothing - 08 Jul 2020 09:10:05 (#2 of 20)

Dear me, DogBreath, you seem terribly unlucky in your choice of employers.

HouseOfLametta - 08 Jul 2020 09:13:26 (#3 of 20)

He's self employed.

nemo75 - 08 Jul 2020 09:15:07 (#4 of 20)

Well I hope he washes his hands afterwards.

DogBreath - 08 Jul 2020 10:41:35 (#5 of 20)


I thought that. But talking to people it seems a lot of people are going through the same.

Ginmonkey - 08 Jul 2020 10:46:23 (#6 of 20)

Most workplaces will ask you to fill in a medical form when you join. This is for H&S reasons or to support you if you need any reasonable adjustments. Disability is a protected characteristic under the Equality Act 2010.

You can of course refuse to disclose any health conditions or disabilities however that may make it harder later on if you needed reasonable adjustments or extra absences on account of the health condition you failed to disclose.

Health data is special category data under GDPR so there will be limits on who your workplace can share it with without your permission.


TheExcession - 08 Jul 2020 10:49:58 (#7 of 20)

We're very careful about what we tell HR. This is because we used to share an office with them and used to hear them gossiping about people's health problems and even yelling stuff to one another across the office. One bloke used to walk up and down the central aisle taking what were clearly confidential phone calls on his mobile.

DogBreath - 08 Jul 2020 10:57:31 (#8 of 20)


My boss wanted evidence from a co-worker that he was too ill to work. The twat then sent the image sent by the co-worker to all of us. I, personally, didn’t look at it but was of his blistered leg.

Ginmonkey - 08 Jul 2020 11:01:37 (#9 of 20)

Well get the co worker to make a complaint. That is a clear GDPR breach as well as possible gross misconduct.

You make things more complicated than they need to be.

DogBreath - 08 Jul 2020 11:15:06 (#10 of 20)


He was sacked. He then got a pay off as he signed a confidentially agreement.

He was also disabled.

DogBreath - 08 Jul 2020 11:18:53 (#11 of 20)


Hear you. I think HR people could do with a reality check.

DogBreath - 08 Jul 2020 11:21:54 (#12 of 20)


What am I complicating?

Genuine question.

cozzer - 08 Jul 2020 11:31:21 (#13 of 20)

made-up workplace situations.

Ginmonkey - 08 Jul 2020 11:40:37 (#14 of 20)

Well yes there is that.

DogBreath - 08 Jul 2020 15:24:40 (#15 of 20)


Nope. All true.

dmlc133 - 21 Aug 2020 18:20:35 (#16 of 20)

Perhaps he should have sent a doctor's certificate like any normal person would?

Nonetheless he could make a complaint under GDPR regardless of whether he was subsequently sacked, or any confidentiality agreement relating to his sacking. He would need evidence (i.e. a witness to support his account of events).

Verdigris - 21 Aug 2020 18:23:50 (#17 of 20)

10 easy points.

nemo75 - 21 Aug 2020 18:26:14 (#18 of 20)

He was sacked. He then got a pay off as he signed a confidentially agreement.

Read that back slowly.

How do you know?

darkhorse - 21 Aug 2020 18:28:44 (#19 of 20)

Pulls off mask in Scooby Doo villain reveal style

It was him all the time!

DogBreath - 21 Aug 2020 18:52:56 (#20 of 20)


No doctor would send information to anyone in this scenario. And anyway, they wanted way more than just a letter from a doctor.

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