Covid guidance ownership

Matt Richards made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan Department of Health and Social Care.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

In the Covid-19 infection prevention and control guidelines published by PHE there is the following disclaimer

“When an organisation adopts practices that differ from those recommended/stated in this national guidance, that individual organisation is responsible for ensuring safe systems of work, including the completion of a risk assessment(s) approved through local governance procedures, for example Integrated Care System level, Health Board.”

My request is

If an organisation in England complies precisely to this guidance then which party is legally responsible for any inadequacy within this guidance that leads to an unsafe system of work ?
Is it

a. DHSC ? yes or no
b. Public Heath England ? yes or no
c. NHS England ? yes or no?
d. If no to the above , please identify the party owning this guidance that is legally responsible for it’s contents

Yours faithfully,

Matt Richards

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Richards,

Thank you for your email.

The Freedom of Information Act only applies to recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your correspondence asked for general information rather than requesting specific recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the provisions of the Act. It will be answered as general correspondence in due course.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear FreedomofInformation,

Many thanks
In that case can I please request copies of all correspondence with the UK Infection Infection Prevention Control Cell since January 1 2021

Yours sincerely,

Matt Richards

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Richards,

Sorry for the delay in processing your FOI request. Please find attached
the Department of Health and Social Care's response to your recent request
(our ref: FOI-1301471).

Yours sincerely, 

Ruiz Alexander
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Department of Health and Social Care

Our ref: DE-1301600 

   

Dear Mr Richards,  
   
Thank you for your correspondence of 4 February about COVID-19. I have
been asked to reply and I apologise for the long delay in doing so.  
 
I should explain that the Freedom of Information Act only applies to
recorded information such as paper or electronic archive material. As your
correspondence asked for general information, rather than requesting
recorded information or documentation, it did not fall under the
provisions of the Act.  

 

The Act does not cover unrecorded information that officials may remember,
opinions that officials might have, official advice (apart from past
advice the Department of Health has given, where a record of this has been
kept) or requests for an official policy statement (again, apart from past
policy statements, where a record has been kept). There is no obligation
under the FOI Act for public authorities to create new information. 

 

As the Department of Health and Social Care is currently receiving an
extremely high volume of enquiries due to the ongoing coronavirus
(COVID-19) pandemic, we are only able to provide an individual response to
the most sensitive and urgent cases.  

 

Although the Department recognises the importance of each concern and
would ordinarily respond to queries individually, the current
circumstances have required a temporary change in the method of handling
correspondence. 
 

The Department is, however, continuing to record all the correspondence
that it receives so that it is able to track the main issues being raised
by the public. 

 

If your enquiry is in relation to the pandemic, the Government has
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Yours sincerely,  
   
Joseph Rawlinson  
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries 
Department of Health and Social Care 

  

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