Freedom of Information Act

Published/updated: 11/07/12 09:44

The Freedom of Information Act relates to official information held by public authorities. This Act gives you the right to request official information held by public authorities, unless there are good reasons to keep it confidential. It aims to make public sector bodies more open and accountable. It also helps people to understand better how public authorities carry out their duties, why they make the decisions they do and how they spend public money. Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust is committed to providing timely and accessible information to the public and responding to requests for information. Past requests made under the Freedom of Information Act are published on our website. You may wish to browse this area and its 11 categories before making a new request for information, in case the questions you have were previously answered.

Further information relating to Freedom of Information Act and Data Protection is available from the Information Commissioner’s Office.This section of the site records requests made under the Freedom of Information Act since April 2011.
Your request for information must be:

  • In writing
  • Include a name and address for correspondence (email address is also acceptable)
  • Please also describe the information that you are requesting, giving us enough detail about the information in order to  allow us to correctly identify and find it.

You can write to: The Publication Scheme Coordinator Directorate of Safety and Governance, Devon House Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, Bordesley Green East, Birmingham B9 5SS Or you can email publication.scheme@heartofengland.nhs.uk

We aim to respond to your request for information within twenty working days. We will inform you if any delays appear likely. We may contact you if we require further clarification of you request. We will disclose information wherever possible. However, in certain circumstances, it will be necessary to withhold some or all of the information requested under one of the exemptions outlined in the Act. If information is not supplied to you the Trust will specify which exemption has been claimed and why. All requests for information will be carefully considered on their own merits and with close regard to the public interest.

 

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