The Freedom of Information Act 2000 does not change the right of patients to protection of their patient confidentiality in accordance with the Human Rights Act 1998, Data Protection Act 1998 and common law. Maintaining the legal right to patient confidentiality continues to be an important commitment on our part. To help with this our Practice Manager has responsibility to ensure the protection of patient confidentiality throughout the Practice in accordance with your legal rights.
What is a Publication Scheme?
The Publication Scheme is a complete guide to the information routinely made available to the public by The Acocks Green Medical Centre. 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.
Your rights to Information:
- In addition to accessing the information identified in the Publication Scheme, you are entitled to request information about The Acocks Green Medical Centre under the NHS Openness Code 1995.
- The Freedom if Information Act 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.
It obliges The Acocks Green Medical Centre to respond to requests 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 been taken into consideration before deciding what information it can release.