The Freedom of Information Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives general right of access to all types of information held by public authorities. Full right of access commenced in January 2005 and replaced the Government's Code of Openness which had been in operation since 1994.
Click here to see full details of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the government web site.
What does this mean to the NHS and its users?
- Users can find out more about the performance of the Trust
- The Act created the office of the Information Commissioner
- The Trust has a statutory duty to implement the Act
- Patients continue to have a right to confidentiality
- There are certain exemptions where information could be withheld
- Requests for information should be responded to within 20 working days
- There is a system of appeal if requests are not met within the specified time
The Freedom of Information Act does not give individuals access to their personal information but they can, of course, request this under the Data Protection Act. The Data Protection Act came into force on 1st March 2000. It provides individuals with a right of access to personal information about themselves. See details here.
The Trust wishes to be an open and welcoming organisation, providing good information for our service users. Many of the Trust publications are available on this website. A model Publication Scheme tells you what information could be available.