Copy of a witness statement

Gwrthodwyd y cais gan General Medical Council.

Dear General Medical Council,

I would be grateful if you could provide me the witness statement of or involvement of Mrs Margaret Nicholas in the case of Dr Brian Phillips, Consultant Neurologist in Morriston Hospital Swansea.

Yours faithfully,

Mr D Gallagher

FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Mr Gallagher

Information request - F13/5412/LG

Thank you for your email of 23 April asking for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

We will consider your request and give you the information as soon as we can, normally within the 20 working-day limit set by the FOIA.

I have allocated your request to Louise Gormley. If you have any questions, please contact her on 0161 923 6311 or email [email address].

Yours sincerely

Sarah Leigh
Information Access Officer
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street, Manchester M3 3AW

Email: [email address]
Telephone: 0161 923 6398

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Louise Gormley (0161 923 6311), General Medical Council

Our reference: F13/5412/LG


Dear Mr Gallagher


Thank you for your email dated 23 April 2013, in which you request
information about the involvement of Mrs Margaret Nicholas in the case of
Dr Brian Philips, Consultant Neurologist.


I write to inform you that we are under no obligation to confirm or deny
if we hold this information.


To explain section 40(5)(b)(i) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA) states that the duty to confirm or deny whether information is
held does not arise if to do so would breach any of the principles of the
DPA. This exemption relates to the personal data of any third parties. We
believe that to publicly confirm or deny whether or not the information
requested is held would breach the first principle of the DPA, which
requires that the processing of personal data is fair and lawful. We
consider that the conditions in Schedule 2 of the DPA, relating to the
processing of personal data, are not met and therefore to say whether or
not we hold the information would be unlawful.


You can appeal against my decision to Julian Graves, Information Access
Manager. If you would like to do so, please set out why you think the
decision is incorrect in an email and send it to [1][email address]


You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner, the regulator of the
FOIA – we can provide the contact details if you need them.


Kind regards


Louise Gormley

Information Access Officer
Registration Directorate
Direct Line: 0161 923 6311
Email:        [2][email address]
Website:    [3]
Address:    Information Access Team
                 General Medical Council
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                 M3 3AW



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