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 Freedom of Information

Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOI) 2000, the public has the right to see information held by public authorities, including NHS organisations.

The Act is designed to increase transparency.  Members of the public should be able to routinely access information that is in the public interest and is safe to disclose, unless there is a good reason for them not to.

The Trust has two main obligations under the Act.  We must publish certain information proactively; and respond to requests for information.

The Act allows access to recorded information, such as policies and procedures, reports, minutes of meetings, and correspondence.


How do I make a request for information?

To make a FOI request you can do so by either emailing the Trust at: foirequests@york.nhs.uk or contact us in writing at:

Freedom of Information
2nd Floor Administration Block
Wigginton Road
York
YO31 8HE

We aim to reply to requests within 20 working days.


Trust Publication Scheme

The FOI Act requires every public authority to publish a Publication Scheme that tells people what information is routinely available to them, and how to get it.  The Trust has adopted the Information Commissioner's Model Scheme for NHS Bodies in England.  Information is provided under the following seven headings:

Who we are and what we do

What we spend and how we spend it

What our priorities are and how we are doing

How we make decisions

Our policies and procedures

Lists and registers

The services we offer

The Trust strives to be open and is normally able to satisfy requests in full.  However the right of access is not absolute and some requests may have to be refused, or refused in part.  Decisions will be made subject to the law, taking into account the public interest, and applicants have the right of appeal.

The Office of the Information Commissioner, who oversees compliance with Freedom of Information in England, publishes much useful guidance on its website.

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Coronavirus - useful information

The latest health information about Coronavirus can be found at www.gov.uk/coronavirus.  Information about our local services can be found on this website here.

From Monday 15 June 2020, visitors and outpatients coming into our hospitals will be asked to wear a face covering at all times, to help us reduce the spread of Covid-19.  A face covering can be as simple as a scarf or bandana that ties behind the head.  It should cover your mouth and nose while allowing you to breathe comfortably.  For more information click here.

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