Freedom of Information

Updated on 13th March 2018 at 9:33 am

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The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 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.

The practice has adopted the approved model for GP practice. The scheme lists information under broad classes. Where there is no information held by the practice, this will be indicated in the scheme.

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Full access rights

The GP practice is obliged to respond to requests for information it holds which are not covered by the publication scheme. There will be some exemptions in the Act to what may be made available, for example personal information or information that is commercially sensitive.

All requests for information must be in writing (email is acceptable) and should include your name, address and a description of the information you wish to see.

Fees

The fees are guided through legislation but it is the practice’s policy to provide information free wherever possible. Further information can be obtained from www.legislation.gov.uk

Who to contact

If you would like to make a request under the Freedom of Information Act or require advice please contact:

Kate Lowe – Practice Manager 01434 680003

Your rights to confidentiality

While the purpose of the Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities, this does not alter your right to the protection of your confidentiality as a patient in accordance with Article Eight of the Human Rights Convention, the Data Protection Act 1998, Environmental Information Regulations and under common law. Under the Data Protection Act, you are entitled to see your health records or any other personal information held about you. Further guidance on how you can access your health records can be found on the website.

Your right to complain

If you are unhappy with a response received under the Freedom of Information Act, you have the right to make a formal complaint. This should be made in writing to the practice. The complaint will be investigated by senior member of the practice and a response made within 20 working days. Please use the contact address below:

Kate Lowe
Practice Manager
Humshaugh and Wark Medical Group
East Lea
Humshaugh
Hexham
NE46 4BU

tel: 01434 680003

If you still remain unhappy following this response, you have the right to refer your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office. The Information Commissioner’s Office is independent of the NHS and has been set up to promote access to official information and to protect personal information. The Information Commissioners Office website has a page on how to complain under Freedom of Information.

 

GP Earnings 2016/17

 

NHS England require that the net earnings of doctors engaged in the practice is publicised, and the required disclosure is shown below. However it should be noted that the prescribed method for calculating earnings is potentially misleading because it takes no account of how much time doctors spend working in the practice, and should not be used to form any judgement about GP earnings, nor to make any comparison with any other practice.

 

All GP practices are required to declare the mean earnings (e.g. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice.

 

The average pay for GPs working in this practice in the last full financial year was £113,519  before Tax and National insurance. This is for one full time GP, two part time GPs and one locum GP who worked in the practice for more than six months.