Freedom of Information Requests
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed in 2000 and became fully effective in 2005. It allows any member of the public to request access to information held by public sector organisations in the UK, including the NHS.
The Act differs from the Data Protection Act (1998) in that it allows you to request non-personal information. So, for example, where you should use the Data Protection Act to access your medical records, you would use the FOI Act to access general business information held by the CCG. If you would like to access your medical records, please contact your GP practice directly.
The BOB ICB follows the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) model publication scheme, full details can be found here.
How to Request Information
Requests made under the Act must be submitted in writing and include a contact name and address. Email requests are perfectly acceptable as long as it is possible for you to receive replies to that address.
Model Publication Scheme
The FOI Publication Scheme describes the information held by the ICB which is routinely made available to the public, with details of where to find it. You should not need to make a specific FOI request to access this material.
Contact details are as follows:
The ICB has an obligation to answer your request within 20 working days.
There are some exemptions to the disclosure of information under the Act, which may mean we cannot supply you with everything you have requested.
The Information Commissioner
The Information Commissioner is the government official responsible for overseeing information laws in the UK. Any complaints or queries around the FOI Act can be directed to this office. The website of the Information Commissioner can be found at Information Commissioner's Office (ICO)