What is Freedom of Information?

The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act was passed in November 2000. Under the terms of the Act, any member of the public can ask for access to information held by public sector organisations, including health organisations, such as clinical commissioning groups or NHS providers.  Organisations such as central and local government, the police, schools and colleges must also respond to Freedom of Information requests.

On 1 January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act was fully implemented within the NHS, allowing a general right of access by members of the public to all kinds of information held by Chorley and South Ribble Clinical Commissioning Group (the CCG).  The CCG is expected to meet any requests for information within 20 working days.

There may be occasions when we are not able to provide information, for example if the information requested is personal relating to a third party or is business or commercially sensitive.