The Coggeshall Eye Centre
Freedom of Information Act
What is the Freedom of Information Act
The Freedom of Information Act 2000 provides public access to information held by public authorities. The act also covers certain other bodies such as ours for some of the information we hold about our NHS work. As a member of the public you have a right to know what your local NHS are doing for you, what money we receive from the NHS, and how we spend it, what services we offer, what targets are set and how we are working towards achieving them. The Freedom of Information Act applies to England, Scotland and Wales and is monitored by the Information Commissioners Office (ICO).
The Publication Scheme
The ICO has set out a model publication scheme for all health bodies to follow and this allows us break down the information we routinely publish into seven classes. Any questions comments or complaints about this Scheme should be sent in writing to:
15 Market Hill, Coggeshall, Essex, CO6 1TS
How do I make a request?
If you wish to make an enquiry about Enhanced Optometry Services under the Freedom of Information Act, then please check our publication scheme first. If you can’t find the information you require then please write to us at the address above.
Cost of Information
Requests under the Freedom of Information Act are free unless they exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ of eighteen hours work or £450. If your request is likely to incur charges we will inform you before going ahead.
Charges may be made for actual disbursements incurred such as:
- postage and packaging
- the costs directly incurred as a result of viewing information
Charges may also be made for information provided under this scheme where they are legally authorised, they are in all the circumstances, including the general principles of the right of access to information held by public authorities, justified and are in accordance with a published schedule or schedules of fees which is readily available to the public. Please note that the Act does not enable you to make requests about medical records. These are covered by the Data Protection Act, see this page for information about gaining access to health records.
Information held by us that is not published under the publication scheme can be requested in writing, when its provision will be considered in accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.