The Freedom of Information Act was passed on 30 November 2000 and the full Act came into force on 1 January 2005. The Act requires us to make a certain amount of information available to the public and to release information in response to specific requests. The Act sets out exemptions from that right, covering any information that may not have to be released.
In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.
The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) has developed and approved a model scheme for all public sector organisations which NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group have agreed to adopt.
The model publication scheme specifies seven classes of information.
The majority of the information held by NHS Rushcliffe Clinical Commissioning Group will fall into these classes.
In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act and the associated Fees Regulations there will be a charge for any request for information where the amount of time taken to locate the information exceeds 18 hours or there is a statutory basis for doing so.
Various bodies are involved in monitoring and/or inspecting our services: