The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000 and became fully operational on 1 January 2005.
The Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities.
The intention of the Act is to encourage a spirit of openness and transparency in the NHS and to let the public see how we make decisions, organise, and deliver our services.
If the authority holds the information and it is not legally exempt from disclosure the authority has a duty to supply the information requested within 20 working days. All requests for information should be made in writing or email and sent to the Information Governance Manager:
Information Governance Manager,
John Snow House,
Durham University Science Park,
If you are unhappy with a refusal to disclose information you should firstly complain to the Trust. If you continue to be dissatisfied with the response you can then appeal to the Information Commissioner who will investigate the case and either agree with the Trust’s decision or decide that the information must be disclosed.
The address for the Information Commissioner is:-Wycliffe House Water Lane Wilmslow Cheshire SK9 5AF.