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Freedom of information

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities, and

Whilst the FOI Act applies to health providers including General Practice, it does not entitle patients to access personal data held about themselves.  Such information can be accessed by making a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998.

There are two main obligations under the FOI act

1.  Produce information proactively

To comply with this obligation, you should adopt the Model Publication Scheme.  Download the template form and complete each section with the relevant information about your practice.  

The information should be published on your practice website wherever possible.

2.  Respond to requests

Anyone has the right to request information.  For the request to be valid, it must be in writing.

You have a duty to

Useful documents

FOI request flowchart

Model publication scheme

Useful links