Under The Freedom of Information Act 2000 do I have the right to request of copy of my employer’s accounts (GP Surgery) when changes are being made to our contracts on the basis that the Practice is struggling, even though it is said to be one of the highest earning Practices within the CCG. It seems to me that without actual figures to back up this statement (which we have not been provided with), as an Employee, do I not have the right to challenge the situation?
Information not held/advice given
Thank you for your enquiry of 26 November 2015
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