You have the right to know how we plan and buy healthcare and how we’re doing on meeting our promises and targets.
The Freedom of Information Act is a way of seeing information we hold such as emails, meeting minutes, research and reports. It applies to all public authorities in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.
Anyone can make a request under the Freedom of Information Act but requests must:
• be in writing
• state your name
• include a postal or email address so we can write back
• describe the information you want
We publish a list of our responses to Freedom of Information requests in our Disclosure Log. If you’re thinking about putting in an FOI request sometimes it helps to check the log first in case the information is already there.
There may be times when we are unable to provide some, or all, of the information you have asked for. If this is the case, we will let you know and explain why.
We don’t routinely charge for requests made under FOI. If we think the cost of collecting the information you’ve asked for is more than £450, (which is the same as 18 hours of staff time) we can say that due to this, we can’t provide the information. If there is a cost associated with your request, we will let you know and this will need to be paid before any information is provided.
Want to make a request?
If you make a request, we hope you’ll be happy with our respone. If you don’t think we’ve met our duty under FOI you can go to the Information Commissioner