What if I am refused information?
The HSCB’s website will provide
information about the Board and
We will tell you what information has
contact details if you want to
been withheld and why. If you are not
request information. You can phone
satisfied with our response, please
and speak to an FOI Officer, who
The Freedom of
contact us and tell us why. If we can-
will assist you with your request,
not resolve the matter and you remain
Information Act 2000
Telephone: 0300 555 0115
unhappy you can ask the Northern
Ireland Information Commissioner
Public Information Leaflet
(address below) to decide if your
Please remember that a request
request has been dealt with correctly.
for copies of information is
required in writing.
Where can I get more information
about FOI Act?
What is the Freedom of
You can get more information about
FOI from the Northern Ireland
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act
Information Commissioner at -
2000 gives everyone the right to
request information from public
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organisations including hospitals,
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health centres and health agencies.
This means that you can access
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information about how the Health and
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Social Care Board (HSCB) works,
Information Governance Team
how we spend public money, and
Health and Social Care Board
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we make decisions.
You can also request information
available from our website, you can
What information is available from
make a request in writing, by:
The Data Protection Act 1998
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The FOI Act gives you the right to
, which gives everyone
Health & Social Care Board
access almost all the information the
access rights to their own
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HSCB holds, but there is some
personal information. The DPA
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information, which cannot be made
covers both private and public
public. Information given in
confidence, information relating to
The Environmental Information
national security or law enforcement,
All requests for copies of
Regulations 2004 (EIR)
and personal details about others
information under the FOI Act must
give everyone the right to
cannot be provided, these are known
be made in writing.
It will be helpful
environmental information held
as ‘exemptions’. You can obtain your
if you tell us what information you are
by public organisations.
own personal information through the
requesting, and give us your name,
Data Protection Act.
address and contact telephone
How can I get information about
HSCB under the FOI Act?
What happens if the information is
There is HSCB information available
Is there any cost for getting
on our website through our online information?
The FOI Act does not require us to
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provide information that we do not
Information will be provided free of
charge up to a value of £450,
already gather, however, we do have
a duty to help you with your request.
This information is provided free of
however, if there are production costs,
such as photocopy and laser printing,
We will contact you and tell you what
charge and routinely updated.
there will be a nominal charge. These
information we do hold and whether
If the information you require is not
production costs will apply to all
that may help with your query.