The Freedom of Information Act 2000 requires each public authority to produce a publication scheme.
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 Act and Publication Scheme 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.
What information is not covered by the scheme?
A large amount of the information held by Aintree University Hospital is personal and private to individuals and will not be published. Individuals who wish to access their own information can do so by making a separate application under the Data Protection Act.
Some information may be exempt from disclosure or inspection under separate legislation, and where this may apply, such information is excluded from publication.
The scheme and this legislation does not limit in any way other rights that people have to information, nor does it limit in any way the very large amount of information that is otherwise published outside the scheme. Aintree University Hospital will also continue to publish material on a routine basis, in the form of guidance or assistance about various hospital services.
How to obtain information listed in the Publication scheme
Most of the information covered by the scheme is available on this website and can be downloaded free of charge. Click here to view the Classes of Information.
Information held by Aintree University Hospital that is not published under this scheme can be requested in writing. Click here to find out how to request information.