Little Bushey Surgery has available a Publication Scheme which provides a guide to our Services and General Practitioners as required by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed on 30 November 2000. It gives a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. GP practices providing medical services under contract with the NHS in England, Wales and Northern Ireland are public authorities in respect of information relating to those services.
The intention of the Act is to encourage a spirit of openness and transparency in the NHS and to let the public see how we make decisions and organise and deliver our services. The practice fully supports this aim.
The GP practice is obliged to maintain a publication scheme which identifies the documents we publish on a routine basis. The FOI Act requires every public authority to adopt and maintain a publication scheme which has been approved by the Information Commissioner, and to publish information in accordance with the scheme.
Our publication scheme is based on the model publication scheme for general practices produced by the Information Commissioners Officer and the British Medical Association.
The publication scheme is available from Reception or the Practice Manager.