The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides a way of promoting openness and accountability. Under the Act, people have the right to request information held by public bodies, this includes those providing NHS services in Wales.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 requires that:
All NHS Wales Health Boards and Trusts together with the general practitioners, dentists, pharmacists, and opticians providing NHS services are individually required to provide a publication scheme under the Freedom of Information Act. These inform the public how and when the information will be made available.
Your request must be in writing and can be either posted or emailed. Your request must include:
You must receive a reply to your FOI request and, generally, this must be within 20 working days following receipt of the request.
Generally, the Freedom of Information Act provides that an individual has
If the information is your own personal data, then you should make a subject access request under the UK Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) and the General Data Protection Regulations (UK GDPR) 2018 and not under the FOI Act. Freedom of Information - FAQs
If you are not satisfied with the health board or trust’s response, you complain to the Information Commissioner (ICO). Details of how to do this are available on the ICO website.
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