Freedom of Information (FOI)
The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which came into force in January 2000, gives you the right to access
recorded information held by public authorities.
The FOIA does this in two ways:
- public authorities are obliged to publish certain information about their activities; and
- members of the public are entitled to request information from public authorities.
All information routinely published by our Trust is available via our Publication Scheme which is a requirement under FOIA:
When you submit an FOI request to a public authority it must be in writing with a clear description of the information you require. The organisation must respond to you within 20 working days.
A requester may ask for any information that is held by a public authority. However, this does not mean that the authority are always obliged to provide the information. In some cases, there will be a good reason why an authority should not make public some or all of the information requested. In addition, the FOI Act contains a number of exemptions that allow authorities to withhold information from a requester. Different exemptions apply to different types of information.
The FOI Act does not give people access to their own personal data (information about themselves) such as their health records or personnel records. If a member of the public or staff wants to see information that a public authority holds about them, they should make a Subject Access Request under the Data Protection Act 1998:
Subject Access Requests
For FOI enquiries please write to:
Dee-Anne Bentley (FOI Request)
Document Control Manager & Freedom of Information Lead,
Cancer Centre NHS Foundation Trust
Using the form below you can make an FOI enquiry.
Please be careful to enter your e-mail address correctly as we need it to reply to you.