Freedom of Information
NHS FREEDOM OF INFORMATION PUBLICATION SCHEME FOR GENERAL PRACTICES
DR K PATEL
CENTRAL PARK SURGERY
TEL 01772 623110
FAX: 01772 623885
1st April 2008
This Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by this Practice.It is a description of the information about our General Practitioners and Practice which we make publicly available.It will be reviewed at regular intervals and we will monitor its effectiveness.
How much does it cost?
The publications are all free unless otherwise indicated within each Class.(Where information is provided at a cost the charges will be calculated as set out in Class 7).
How is the information made available?
The information within each Class is available in hard copy from the Practice Manager.
Your rights to information
In addition to accessing the information identified in the Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about this practice under the NHS openness Code 1995.
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organised and run, how much they cost and how the decisions are made.
From January 1st 2005 the Act will also oblige the General Practice to respond to request about information that it holds, and is recorded in any format and it will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release.
New environmental information regulation may be introduced as early as 2003.These will enable similar access to environmental information as under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
Subject to certain exemptions, any person who makes a request to a public authority for non-personal information, must be informed, within 20 working days, whether the organisation holds that information and has the right to receive it, if that is the case.
Under the Data Protection Act 1998, you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you and you can initially contact the Practice Manager to do this.Please note that there may be exceptional circumstances where this information may not be made available.In these instances the GP/Practice Manager will discuss this with you and will, as far as possible, explain the reasoning behind any decisions.
If you have any comments about the operation of the Publication Scheme, or how we have dealt with your request for information from the Scheme, please write to the Practice Manager:
Mrs Karen Nelson
Central Park Surgery
TEL 01772 623110
Classes Of Information
All information at this practice is held, retained and destroyed in accordance with NHS guidelines.Our commitment to publish information excludes any information which can be legitimately withheld under the exemptions set out in the NHS Openness Code or The Freedom of Information Act 2000.Where individual Classes are subject to exemptions, the main reasons are eg. The protection of commercial interests and personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998.This applies to all Classes within the Publication Scheme.The information on this Scheme is grouped into the following broad categories: