n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - The right of access to information - some ramifications for the health sector : legal and ethical issues




The Promotion of Access to Information Act of 2000 (the Act) came into operation in March this year. The Act purports to give effect to the human right of access to information. It contains very detailed prescriptions on procedure, forms and types of access. It also sets time frames within which the person or institution holding information has to respond to a request for access to information. The Department of Justice administers the Act The Act overrides any other Act that provides for more restrictive access to information. In this regard concern has been expressed in relation to its suitability for the health sector and its relationship with the proposed National Health Bill.


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