Abortions and incomplete abortions requiring surgery

Michele Sayer made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

Please can you answer the following questions as specifically as possible:

1. Regarding abortions and incomplete abortions requiring surgery, is the patient 'sometimes' or 'always' asked if they would like to take the foetus away afterwards to conduct a proper burial?

2. Under what circumstances are they not asked?

3. Are the patients requests always granted to the best of the staff's ability?

4. Has there ever been an occasion when the patient has requested that Kettering General Hospital dispose of the foetus and they have failed to act on the patients wishes?

5. Regarding question 4, are hospital staff required to ask permission from the patient or receive a signature to go against a patients request?

6. Under what circumstances would foetal tissue be retained with or without permission from the patient?

7. Where/how is foetal tissue stored and for what purpose?

8. Is foetal tissue used for any experimental purposes and/or vaccine manufacture, or in any type of laboratory work whatsoever or passed on to any drug company whether free of charge or for a fee?

Yours faithfully,

Michele Sayer

Bradley Llinos,

Dear Ms Sayer

Thank you for your request for information that was received on 10 October 2011 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we will let you know. We will issue a formal fees notice before commencing the work, setting out the likely cost against the amount of time anticipated.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Regards

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767

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Bradley Llinos,

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Sayer

 

Please find attached the Trust’s response to the Freedom of Information
request received 10 October 2011.

 

Regards

 

Llinos Bradley

Freedom of Information Officer

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Rothwell Road

Kettering

NN16 8UZ

E-Mail: [1][email address]                     

Tel: 01536 491560

Fax: 01536 493767        

 

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Dear Bradley Llinos,
Unfortunately I am not able to open any of the attachments.
Please can you check that they are able to be opened and resend them.

Yours sincerely,

Michele Sayer

Bradley Llinos,

4 Atodiad

Dear Miss Sayer

Please accept my apologies that you couldn't open the attachments that were sent last time. Please find attached a copy of our response. Can you confirm that you can open these please?

Thank you.

Llinos

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]                     
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767        

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Gadawodd Michele Sayer anodiad ()

I have received answers to the FOI request I made. However, I am in possession of a letter obtained via my GP which suggest answers to the contrary of some of the questions which have been answered. I have been made aware that the remains of my own miscarriage was not destroyed as requested by myself. In fact, I have a letter from Kettering General Hospital to my doctor which clearly states that they were aware of my request yet chose to ignore it and keep the remains. I was totally unaware of this until I requested my medical records and came across it.
I am not sure what I should do now that I have made this FOI request and I know for sure that the answers were not truthful.
Advice please?

Gadawodd Ganesh Sittampalam anodiad ()

The FOI act gives you access to any information held by an authority, even if that information is incorrect. It's therefore technically possible for a response to a FOI request to be valid under the act even though it contains incorrect information.

In the circumstances you describe, however, you'd expect the authority to hold information that does contradict what they've stated. You could therefore try asking for an internal review and point this out.

Dear Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Abortions and incomplete abortions requiring surgery'.

After requesting my own GP records, I am in possession of a letter sent by Dr S.R.Milkins to my GP stating the following 'in light of the patients instructions we can dispose of the tissue however it might be in the best interests if this was retained as part of the medical record.'
I was never sent a copy of this letter and nor was I ever informed of its existence by my GP or Kettering General Hospital. The letter clearly states my wishes to dispose of the tissue.
I would like to know who's interests Dr Milkin was referring to when he stated "it might be in the best interests" (the hospitals or mine?)
I would like to know why this was done and also I would like to know why any doctor feels he has the right to go against my wishes and I would also like to know the full reasons why the tissue was retained and for what reasons.
I would like to know who gave authority for Dr Milkins to go against my wishes, and has this ever happened before? (would you even know?)
I would like to know where the tissue is now.
I would also like to receive full copies of any documentation regarding this tissue or any other tissue taken at any time, with or without my permission and would like to know exactly what has been done with it at any point in time.
If the tissue has been destroyed, I would like full proof of that.
I would be very grateful this time if my questions were answered honestly as I don't feel that the previous answers I received were honest. If you look over my previous questions and answers you will see they were not.
It would also be helpful to me if I was able to receive a copy of my FULL hospital records from birth to present day.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address:
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/ab...

Yours faithfully,

Michele Sayer

Bradley Llinos,

Dear Ms Sayer

Thank for your e-mail dated 29 October 2011 requesting an internal review of the Trust's response to your Freedom of Information request dated 21 October 2011.

In the first instance it may be helpful for us to have a discussion about the Trust's response to your initial Freedom of Information request as you feel it didn't address the questions asked.

I would be grateful if you could please let me know when it is convenient for us to discuss the issues raised and I will assist you further to ensure that your concerns are addressed.

Should you wish to have a telephone conversation I would be grateful if you could please provide a contact number and a convenient time for me to call. I am available between 8am and 4pm. Alternatively, I am happy for you to call me on my direct line which is 01536 491560.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]                     
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767        

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Dear Bradley Llinos,
I am quite happy for you to discuss the issues I have raised openly and publicly on this website. I believe these are issues that are of public interest and the public have a right to know the answers to issues such as these for their own protection and for the protection of their families.
Thank you.

Yours sincerely,

Michele Sayer

Bradley Llinos,

1 Atodiad

Dear Ms Sayer

Thank you for your e-mail with regard to discussing the issues you have raised. However as the issues you have raised relate to your own personal information this is exempt under the Freedom of Information Act as this falls under the Data Protection Act. I am only able to perform an internal review for issues relating to the Trust's initial response where we had applied an exemption to provide information that you had initially requested, and that you felt that you had a right to access. If this is the case I would be grateful if you could let me know and an internal review will be performed accordingly.

The specific issues you have raised in your request for an internal review relates to the Data Protection Act and I will need to pass your original e-mail to our Quality Governance Department who will be able to deal with your concerns accordingly.

In your e-mail you have also requested a copy of your medical record from birth to present and I attach an Access to Medical Records application form to allow you to access your medical record.

If you would like to discuss any of the points I have raised in more detail I would be happy for you to contact me on 01536 491560 or alternatively I can arrange to call you at a mutually convenient time.

Kind regards

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]                     
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767        

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Dear Bradley Llinos,
I would be grateful if you would continue to conduct an internal review regarding the questions asked.
Regarding the answer to aborted fetal tissue being used in vaccines, you may find the following website helpful in your answer. I am aware that in the US, the aborted fetal tissue obtained for vaccines is often bought from hospitals.
http://www.informedchoice.info/cocktail....
Many people are unaware of the use of aborted fetal tissue in vaccines.

Yours sincerely,

Michele Sayer

Bradley Llinos,

Dear Ms Sayer

Thank you for your e-mail dated 7 November 2011 with regard to requesting an internal review on the basis of aborted fetal tissue being used in vaccines.

In our original response dated 21 October 2011 we confirmed that the Trust does not use foetal tissue for any experimental purposes and/or vaccine manufacture, or in any type of laboratory work whatsoever or passed on to any drug company whether free of charge or for a fee.

I am unable to provide any further information under the remit of the Freedom of Information Act and have now passed your e-mail regarding your personal circumstances to Emma Gilbey, Quality Governance Department who will be able to assist you further.

Kind regards

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]                     
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767        

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