The Freedom of Information Act was passed on 30th 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.
What does this mean to the NHS and its users?
Users will be able to 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
All requests for information must be responded to within 20 working days
There is a system of appeal if requests are not met within the specified time
For all Freedom of Information enquiries, please contact Anna Hills. You can submit your enquiries either via email firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Anna Hills, Assistant Director of Governance, Safety & Compliance, James Paget University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Lowestoft Road, Gorleston, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR31 6LA.