Freedom of Information
Dudley CCG are committed to complying to right of access requests under Data Protection Act 2018 and the Freedom of Information Act 2000. However, the NHS is facing unprecedented challenges relating to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at the current time. Understandably, our resources have been diverted to support our front-line colleagues who are working tremendously hard to provide care for our patients, and to those in need of our services.
The Information Commissioners Office has recognised the current situation in the NHS https://ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/news-and-events/icos-blog-on-its-information-rights-work/.
We strive to be transparent and to work with an open culture. However at this time, whilst care and the safety of our staff takes precedent, it is likely that responses to some requests for information may be delayed. We apologise for this position in advance, and will endeavour to provide you with as much information as we can, as soon as we are able.
For Freedom of Information requests, the CCG will try and continue to process them as normal, however some team members have been redeployed to help the front-line staff. There is potential for responses being delayed, if this were to occur the CCG will update requesters.
The FOIA came into force during 2005. The Act applies to all public authorities with the aim to make information available to any person (individual, company or any other body) on request. A request must be made in writing (including email). There are a number of exemptions that maybe applied to withhold information that should not be disclosed. The FOIA is retrospective and therefore includes information that is held by a public authority prior to 2005.
The Environmental Information Regulations (EIR) were also implemented during 2005. Unlike the FOIA, an EIR request can be made verbally or in writing. There are exemptions that can be invoked to withhold the releasing of sensitive data.
Under the Freedom of Information Act any person may make a request for information and must be treated applicant and motive blind. The organisation has up to 20 working days to respond to the request.
Dudley CCG FOI policy can be viewed here
Main Features of the Act
- A general right of access from the 1st January 2005 (subject to certain conditions & exemptions) to all information held in recorded form
- To inform the applicant if the information is held
- To adopt a Publication Scheme – click here to visit (CCG) Publication Scheme or see links below
To submit a Freedom of Information request you can either send it in writing to Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group, Brierley Hill Health and Social Care Centre, Venture Way, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 1RU or email: firstname.lastname@example.org