Freedom of Information Act 2000
The Freedom of Information Act, gives the general right of access to all types of recorded information held by the practice. The intention of the Act is to encourage a spirit of openness and transparency in the NHS and the whole public sector. Our organisation aims to fully support this.
The public have had full access rights from January 2005. This means that far more information will be routinely and freely made available. This is subject to some exemptions, which will be outlined later in this leaflet.
Any individual or organisation can make a request for information. The applicant does not have to explain why this information is requested. The Act gives the right to:
- be told if information exists
- receive information (ideally in the format requested, for example, as a copy or summary or the applicant may ask to inspect a record)
There is a range of exemptions covering personal data, security, formulation of government policy commercial and individual confidentiality. A further absolute exemption is where information is accessible by other means or if the information has been provided in confidence. Other exemptions include information relating to commercial interests and audit functions.
Request for information
Requests must be in writing (email and fax acceptable) and must include the name and address for the correspondence and a clear description of the information requested.
Mrs Morva Bonthorne
The Swan Practice
The Information Commissioner
The information Commissioner is an independent public body and reports directly to Parliament. The Commissioner is responsible for implementing the Act. Further information available at:
Other informative FOIA websites: