The Trust is currently facing numerous challenges due to
the significant pressure of Covid-19. In order to prioritise
patient care during this time, staff who would usually assist with
FOI requests are focusing on the delivery of clinical care. This
means that while the Trust will endeavour to respond to requests
within the 20 working day timeframe, this may not be possible and
extended delays may be encountered.
We would ask that, if possible, please delay submitting
your request until the end of February as the service is currently
on hold until that time. Where this is not possible the Trust will
provide a response at the earliest opportunity.
We would also ask that you check on our disclosure log
as we may have responded to a similar request which may answer your
question without needing to submit an FOI request.
Thank you for your support and understanding at this
What is the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000?
The Freedom of Information Act was passed on the 30th November
2000 and came into force on the 1st January 2005. It aims to
promote a culture of openness and accountability in the public
sector, by providing people with a general right of access to all
types of recorded information held by public authorities. The Act
replaces the Open Government Code of Practice which has been in
operation since 1994.
The Act requires all public authorities to produce publication
schemes, setting out what information they will make available
as a matter of course, and when and how they will make it
Who is covered by the Act?
The Act applies to all public authorities. This
includes government departments, local authorities, NHS bodies,
schools, colleges and universities, and the police, House of
Commons and House of Lords.
What does it mean for County Durham and
Darlington NHS Foundation Trust?
The Act affects everyone in the Trust
There is a statutory duty to implement the Act
It allows anyone to find out whether information is held, and if
it is, to have access to it
There are no time limits on how far back someone can gain access
to information, it is as far back as we hold the information
Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, we are committed to
providing timely and accessible information to the public and
responding to reasonable requests for information.
What is an FOI request and how do I make one?
An FOI request is a request for information under the FOI
Act. Your request for information must be in writing, include
a name and address for correspondence (email address is also
acceptable) and describe the information that you are requesting,
giving us enough detail about the information in order to allow us
to correctly identify and find it.
Where possible, responses to requests for information will be
supplied in the format requested by the Applicant. However,
responses may be supplied by providing a copy of the original
document, a summary of the original or by allowing the Applicant to
visit Trust premises to read the document(s).
Your request must be dealt with within twenty working days of
receipt (or after the payment of any relevant fee). Copies of our
are uploaded onto our website.
There are three main ways of making a request for
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