The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was passed in 2000 and replaced the Open Government Code of Practice that has been in place since 1994. The Act gives the public a general right of access to all types of recorded information held by public authorities. The Act came into full effect on the 1st January 2005.
The Act places a statutory obligation on all public bodies to publish details of all recorded information that they hold and to allow, with a few exceptions, the general public to have access to this information on request.
FOIA was affected by the European General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which has come into effect on 25th May 2018. This position stands even after the event of Brexit, as the UK government has repeatedly confirmed its intentions for new UK data protection legislation to track the requirements of the GDPR.
Mendip Vale Medical Group (MVMG) recognises the importance of the FOIA / GDPR and it will ensure that appropriate systems are put in place to publicise what recorded information is kept by the practice and how this information can be accessed on request by the general public.
All requests are to be made in writing to the following address:
The Executive Manager
Mendip Vale Medical Practice
Pudding Pie Lane