Ill health re-assessment statistics

David Eason made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

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Dear South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service,

“I would like to know how many employees of South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Service have retired due to ill health under the firefighters pension
scheme 1992 since the 1st July 2006?

How many of these retirees retired with an award of a higher tier pension?

Of these retirees, how many have subsequently been subjected to a pension
reassessment?

How many retirees have been subjected to more than one pension
reassessment under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July
2006?

What are the total cost implications of employing an authority medical
advisor (AMA) to interview retirees under review?

Who foots the bill for these AMA reviews?

How much does it cost to refer a review to an independent qualified
medical practitioner (IQMP)?

Who foots the bill for these IQMP reviews?

Of the reviews carried out, how many have led to a reclassification of an
ill health injury award under the 1992 firefighters pension scheme?”

Yours faithfully,

David Eason

FOI, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear David

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  FOIA 1227

 

Thank you for your email which we received on 7 June 2016 requesting
information about ill health retirements.

 

Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 and will be answered within 20 working days i.e. no
later than 5 July 2016.

 

If you have any queries about this request please do not hesitate to
contact me.  Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Joanne Oliver

P.P Tracey Wiles

Information and Governance Manager

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Tel: 0114 2532399
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FOI, South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Dear David

 

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:  FOIA 1227

 

Thank you for your email dated 7 June 2016 requesting information about
ill health retirements. I can confirm that South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
(SYFR) does hold this information The information you have requested
followed by our response is as follows:

 

1.      I would like to know how many employees of South Yorkshire Fire &
Rescue Service have retired due to ill health under the firefighters
pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July 2006?

 

The number of employees who have retired due to ill heath under the
firefighters pension scheme1992 since 1^st July 2006 is 16.

 

2.      How many of these retirees retired with an award of a higher tier
pension?

 

I can confirm that South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) does hold this
information but because of the small numbers of retiring staff with an
award of a higher tier pension we feel that to reveal the figure could
identify the recipient. Therefore this information has been exempted under
Section 40 of the Freedom of Information Act, as the information
constitutes third party data.  Section 40(2) provides that personal data
about third parties is exempt information if one of the conditions set out
in section 40(3) is satisfied. Under the FOIA, disclosure of this
information would breach the fair processing principle contained in the
Data Protection Act (DPA), where it would be unfair to that person’s
confidentiality. 

 

The Information Commissioner suggests a three-part test for the fulfilment
of this condition:

 

Firstly, there must be a legitimate public interest in disclosure; we
believe we have addressed the public interest with the other information
we have provided.  Secondly, the disclosure must be necessary to meet that
public interest and we believe that any further disclosure would interfere
with the privacy of the individuals.  Thirdly, the disclosure must not
cause unwarranted harm to the interests of the individual.  We believe
that the reasonable expectation of the individuals was that this
information would not be disclosed.

 

3.      Of these retirees, how many have subsequently been subjected to a
pension reassessment?

 

None of these retirees have been subjected to a pension reassessment.

 

4.      How many retirees have been subjected to more than one pension
reassessment under the firefighters pension scheme 1992 since the 1st July
2006?

 

None.

 

5.      What are the total cost implications of employing an authority
medical advisor (AMA) to interview retirees under review?

 

We do not hold any information on the cost implications as no reviews have
taken place.

 

6   Who foots the bill for these AMA reviews?

 

Any reviews would be paid for by the South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue
Authority.

 

7       How much does it cost to refer a review to an independent
qualified medical practitioner (IQMP)?

 

The cost of referral varies according to the complexity of the review but
we can confirm the average costs of referral are as follows:

 

The average cost of obtaining GP Records is £50.

The average IQMP fees are £450.

 

8       Who foots the bill for these IQMP reviews?

 

South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Authority.

 

9       Of the reviews carried out, how many have led to a
reclassification of an ill health injury award under the 1992 firefighters
pension scheme?”

 

I can confirm that South Yorkshire Fire and Rescue (SYFR) does hold this
information but because of the small numbers within the data on numbers of
staff that have had reviews of injury awards carried out resulting in
reclassification under the 1992 firefighters pension scheme, we feel that
to reveal the figure could identify the recipient. Therefore this
information has been exempted under Section 40 of the Freedom of
Information Act, as the information constitutes third party data. 

 

Please see the further details provided on the application of this
exemption as detailed in response to your question 2 above.

 

Note: Reviews of Injury Awards are separate to reviews of Ill Health
Pension.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the
right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be
submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your
original letter and should be addressed to:

 

Andrew Frosdick, Monitoring Officer, South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue
Authority

By email: [1][email address]

or

The Monitoring Officer

South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Authority

18 Regent Street

Barnsley

S70 2HG

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF and at [2]www.ico.org.uk.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Sue Elphick

 

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