Freedom of Information Act

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives any person the right to request any information which is held by a public authority.

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to promote openness by public authorities by increasing transparency and accountability, and improving decision making.

NHS Buckinghamshire CCG will comply in full with the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act (2000).

  • The presumption is always that the requested information, where it exists, should be supplied.
  • A written response should be made to the enquirer within 20 working days.

To make a request under Freedom of Information please contact Buckinghamshire CCG.

Please note that your request will be automatically forwarded to our Commissioning Support Unit, an NHS support organisation operating under the authority of NHS England whose staff manage Freedom of Information requests on our behalf. They will acknowledge your request for us and co-ordinate the response we provide them with, and will only use your personal information for this purpose. All information provided is held within secure computer systems and managed in line with the requirements of the Data Protection Act (2018).

You can view here previous requests.

Exceptions

The Act provides some possible exemptions, both absolute and qualified.

Absolute exemptions include

  • Personal information where disclosure would contravene the Data Protection Act 2018; patient identifiable information would be included here
  • Legal prohibition from disclosure
  • Information provided in confidence

Qualified exemptions need to be able to show that the public interest is better served by not disclosing than by disclosing. The main example is commercial sensitivity.