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Handling of FOI requests during COVID-19 pandemic

Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is continuing to accept FOI requests, however it is worth noting that depending on the nature of the enquiry, our response may be delayed, as staff access to the collection is currently limited.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is facing severe front line pressures and are re-deploying resources to meet those demands. The Information Commissioner’s (ICO) view, therefore, is that the public authority will require maximum flexibility to re-deploy those resources and best respond to the national crisis.

The ICO also has a page about how coronavirus is impacting the FOI process, which you may find useful.


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires each public authority to produce a publication scheme.

The purpose of the Freedom of Information Act is to promote greater openness by public authorities. Under Section 19 of the Act we have a legal duty to adopt and maintain a Publication Scheme.

The main purpose of a Publication Scheme is to make information readily available to the public without the need for specific written requests. Therefore the scheme is a guide to information automatically or routinely published by Aintree University Hospital. 

The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognises that, as a member of the public, you have the right to know how public services such as the NHS are organised and run, how much they cost and how you can make complaints if you need to. You have the right to know which services are being provided, the targets that are being set, the standard of services that are expected and the results achieved.

The Act and Publication Schemes are intended to encourage organisations to publish proactively, and to develop a greater culture of openness.

Aintree is committed to providing what information it can and making it readily accessible and available.

How to obtain information listed in the Publication Scheme

Most of the information covered by the scheme is available on our website and can be downloaded free of charge.

If after reviewing the website and publication scheme, you are unable to find the information you are looking for, then please complete email FOIRequests@liverpoolft.nhs.uk.

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