The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 provides a right of access to a wide range of information held by public authorities, including the NHS. The purpose is to promote greater openness and accountability.
You may well find the answer to your question is already published on our Disclosure log.
Anyone, anywhere in the world can make a Freedom of Information request to Halton CCG and Warrington CCG.
You can seek any recorded information that you think the organisation may hold.
If the information you seek is environmental then we will respond according to the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR). You do not have to know whether the information you want is covered by the EIR or the FOI Act. When you make a request, we will decide which law applies.
If the information you seek is your own personal data or information about yourself, then you should make a subject access request under the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA), and not under the FOI Act.
Requests for information must be made in writing either by sending it to the corresponding address below:
For NHS Warrington Clinical Commissioning Group please use:
For NHS Halton Clinical Commissioning Group please use:
The FOI Actrequires certain information to be supplied before the organisation can respond to your request:
- your real name – we do not have to respond to requests submitted under a pseudonym
- your address (email addresses are acceptable)
- a description of the information you wish to obtain
- any preferences for the format in which you wish to receive the information e.g. electronic or hard copy. We will endeavour to meet your preferences but cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
The organisation has a legal obligation to reply to your FOI request and must do so within 20 working days of receipt. In replying, we will do one of the following:
- supply you with the information you requested
- inform you if we don’t hold the information and, if we are able, advise you who does
- inform you if your request will exceed the cost limit specified in the Fees Regulations and invite you to submit a further narrower request
- inform you if we hold the information requested but refuse to provide all or part of it and explain why – this will involve citing one or more of the exemptions from the FOI Act
- inform you if we are refusing your request on the basis it is repeated or vexatious
- inform you if we need more time to consider the public interest test in relation to your request and let you know when to expect a further response. This should not be later than 40 working days after receipt of your request.
You can ask the CCG for an internal review of your FOI request. When you write to us requesting an internal review, we will acknowledge your letter and tell you how long we think the review will take. We aim to complete internal reviews within 20 working days, although more cases that are complex may take longer. Where internal reviews go over 20 working days, we will keep you informed of progress.
If you are still not satisfied after an internal review, you can then complain to the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO). Details of how to do this are available at the ICO website.
Full details of how to complain to the organisation will be included in our initial reply to your FOI request. Details of how to complain further to the Information Commissioner's Office will be included in our response to your internal review request.