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Freedom of Information (FOI)

On 1 January 2005 the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was fully implemented, allowing members of the public the right to request information held by public authorities such as the NHS.  Anyone can request information - there are no restrictions on your age, nationality or where you live.  The aim of the Act is to create greater openness in public services and is a commitment to inform people how public authorities make operational decisions and how public money is spent.  This commitment is supported by Bedfordshire CCG (BCCG). 

The FOI Act is enforced by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO), an independent body, see link:  https://ico.org.uk/

Information held by the BCCG that is not published on the website can be requested in writing (including by email) when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the FOI Act.  There may be occasions when we are not able to provide information, for example, if the information requested is personal relating to a third party, business sensitive or relates to national security.

BCCG will be expected to meet any Freedom of Information (FOI) requests within 20 working days.

BCCG makes certain types of information routinely available via this website, which functions as our Publications Scheme  Publication Scheme under the FOI Act.  

If you cannot find the information you require within the publication scheme, you might wish to make a Freedom of Information (FOI) request.   Before submitting an FOI request, it might save you time if you:

  • Read the section Who we are to see if Bedfordshire CCG is likely to hold the information you require. For example - Bedfordshire CCG is not a hospital trust and does not directly treat patients or employ hospital doctors or nurses;
  • Check through this Publication Scheme, to see if the information you require is already available via this website;
  • Be aware that a wealth of information on health services is available from the Health & Social Care Information Centre and https://digital.nhs.uk/
  • Click here for the BCCG FOI Policy

 

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