Freedom of Information
Individuals have the right of access to information about them ('personal data'), which is held on computer, and in some paper files, under the Data Protection Act 1998.
The Freedom of Information Act has extended this right to allow access to all other types of information held. This right came into effect in January 2005.
The Act does, however, set out some exemptions to this right and it also places a number of obligations on public authorities about the way in which they provide information. Subject to the exemptions anyone making a request has the right to be told whether information exists and the right to receive the information. In general, a response must be provided within 20 working days.
There is also a duty on public authorities to provide advice or assistance to anyone seeking information (for example in order to explain what is readily available or to clarify what is wanted).
If there are publications or information that you would like to receive, please contact Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust. There are various ways you can apply for information:
In writing to:
Barnet and Chase Farm Hospitals NHS Trust
Trust HQ, Chase Farm Hospital,
The Ridgeway, Enfield, Middx
020 8375 2270
020 8366 1361
Complete an application form which you can use either to ask for information referred to in the publication scheme, or any other information you require. Please use this form and post, fax or email it to us and we will respond to you as soon as we can.
Depending on the nature of your request a fee may be payable.
Frequently asked questions
About The Act
Q. What is the purpose of the Freedom of Information Act?
A. To give the public greater access to information about the workings of government and public bodies.
Q. What new rights does the Act create?
A. The Freedom of Information Act 2000 gives two related rights: the right to be told whether the information exists; and the right to receive the Information (subject to exemptions).
Q. When does the Act come into force?
A. The Individual Right of Access came into effect in January 2005. Public authorities also have to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme. All NHS organisations had to have such a scheme in place by October 2004.
Q, Does the Act only apply to records created from 1st January 2005?
A. No, the Act is fully retrospective.
Q. Will I be able to obtain personal information about myself under the Act?
A. Requests for personal information will be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.
Q. How do I go about requesting information?
A. Complete the above application form which you can use either to ask for information referred to in the publication scheme, or any other information you require. Please use this form and post, fax or email it to us and we will respond to you as soon as we can.
Q. Who ensures that NHS complies with the Act?
A. The Information Commissioner is responsible for ensuring that all public authorities comply with the Act.
About the Publications Scheme
Q. What if I want some information that is not included in the Publication Scheme?
A. Please complete the above application form and post, fax, or email it to us.
Q. Do I have to pay for any of the information included in the Publication Scheme?
A. Details of charges applicable can be found in the Publications Scheme.