What is the Freedom of Information Act?

This is a far-reaching law which gives members of the public the right to information about government, public services and how they are run.


The Freedom of Information Act gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities, sets out exemptions from that right and places a number of obligations on public authorities. Any person who makes a request to a public authority for information must be informed whether that information is held and, subject to certain exemptions, the information must be supplied.


Every public authority is required to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme setting out how it will publish the different classes of information it holds and whether there is a charge for the information.



Printed sections of the Publication Scheme are available on request by contacting foi@midyorks.nhs.uk


The UK is not unique in having a Freedom of Information law. Other countries in the European Community, the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand also have adopted FOI.
 

Making a freedom of information (FOI) request

Any requests for information should be made in writing to:

FOI Lead
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Trust HQ and Education Centre
Pinderfields Hospital
Aberford Road
Wakefield
WF1 4DG

Telephone 01924 543609.


The Freedom of Information Act only relates to information held regarding our Trust.


Requests for access to medical records do not fall within the Act. These should be made in writing to:


Access to Medical Records
The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust
Trust HQ and Education Centre
Pinderfields Hospital
Aberford Road
Wakefield
WF1 4DG

Telephone 01924 543697 / 543700.


To make a freedom of information request by email, please email foi@midyorks.nhs.uk