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Martin Rosenbaum | 14:40 UK time, Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Freedom of information imposes an administrative burden on the public sector - but sometimes it's a tool which public bodies can exploit too.

I'm often intrigued by those cases where FOI has actually been used by one part of the public sector (other than the BBC!) to find out about another part of the public sector. Take this striking case from yesterday's Herald, about a Scottish GP who used FOI requests to compare how quickly his patients were receiving hospital treatment compared to those in other areas - and on the facts as reported he seems to have found a significant loophole in the Scottish Executive's waiting times promise.

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