Confidentiality & Information Access
All surgery staff including doctors, nurse and the receptionists are bound by CONFIDENTIALITY Clause in their contracts and it is only them that has access to information from which the identity of a patient can be ascertained. Other agencies are able to access anonymous information from which the patient's identity cannot be ascertained. All patients have a right to 'disclosure of information'. Information is disclosed to those various agencies, e.g.solicitor, insurance company only on production of patient's written consent.
Further information may also be obtained from the Freedom of Information website (FOI) at www.foi.nhs.uk
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