Freedom of Information


The Freedom of Information Act 2000 recognizes that members of the public have the right to know how public services are organized and run, how much they cost and how decisions are made.

From 1st January 2005 the Freedom of Information Act will oblige all General Practice to respond to requests about information that they hold and record in any format. The Act will create a right of access to that information. These rights are subject to some exemptions which have to be taken into consideration before deciding what information can be released (ie information might be withheld to protect various interests which are allowed for by the Act. If this is case, the practice must tell you why they have withheld information).

Under the Data Protection Act 1998 you are also entitled to access your clinical records or any other personal information held about you by our practice. You can request to see your own medical record by discussing it with your own GP in the first instance and then in writing to the Practice Manager at the surgery.

Please note there will be a fee charge on accessing your health record in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

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

The average pay for GPs working in Bideford Medical Centre in the last financial year was £68,927 before tax and National Insurance. This is for 7 full time GPs and 5 part time GPs.