Information Commissioner's role in assessing GP opt-out rates

Tim Turner made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care Nid oedd gan y wybodaeth y gofynnwyd amdani.

Dear Department of Health,

The Health Minister Dan Poulter MP gave a written answer to Rosie Cooper MP on 27 January in which he stated the following

"NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre will work with the British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Information Commissioner's Office and with the Care Quality Commission to review and work with GP practices that have a high proportion of objections on a case-by-case basis."

I would like to request the following information in the light of his reply. As it was a written answer, I assume that it was formulated using recorded information.

1) Information that would explain the relevance of the Information Commissioner to any assessment of high opt-out rates, given that the opt-out is acknowledged by both NHS England and the Information Commissioner’s Office to be irrelevant to care.data's compliance with the Data Protection Act.

2) Any communications between the Department of Health and the ICO on this matter (i.e. the assessment of opt-out rates, and not care.data altogether)

3) Any information about the possible role of the ICO used to formulate Dr Poulter’s written answer not included in the above questions

4) Any information held by DoH that would describe what the Department - or others it has consulted - would consider to be a high opt-out rate

5) Any information held by DoH that would describe what the Department - or others it has consulted - would consider to be a low opt-out rate

If you have any questions or require any clarification, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Yours faithfully,

Tim Turner

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Turner,

Thank you for your request of 2 February 2014 under the Freedom of Information Act (2000). Your exact request was:

“The Health Minister Dan Poulter MP gave a written answer to Rosie Cooper MP on 27 January in which he stated the following

"NHS England and the Health and Social Care Information Centre will work with the British Medical Association, the Royal College of General Practitioners, the Information Commissioner's Office and with the Care Quality Commission to review and work with GP practices that have a high proportion of objections on a case-by-case basis."

I would like to request the following information in the light of his reply. As it was a written answer, I assume that it was formulated using recorded information.

1) Information that would explain the relevance of the Information Commissioner to any assessment of high opt-out rates, given that the opt-out is acknowledged by both NHS England and the Information Commissioner’s Office to be irrelevant to care.data's compliance with the Data Protection Act.

2) Any communications between the Department of Health and the ICO on this matter (i.e. the assessment of opt-out rates, and not care.data altogether)

3) Any information about the possible role of the ICO used to formulate Dr Poulter’s written answer not included in the above questions

4) Any information held by DoH that would describe what the Department - or others it has consulted - would consider to be a high opt-out rate

5) Any information held by DoH that would describe what the Department - or others it has consulted - would consider to be a low opt-out rate”

I can confirm that the Department does not hold the information you have requested.

NHS England supplied the information in response to the Parliamentary Question to which you refer because the care.data programme is administered by NHS England.

You may wish to contact NHS England in order to request the information. Freedom of Information requests can be submitted to NHS England at the following addresses:

NHS England
PO Box 16738
Redditch
B97 9PT

Dear Department of Health,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health's handling of my FOI request 'Information Commissioner's role in assessing GP opt-out rates'.

The original response states that you do not hold any information, and that NHS England supplied the information in response to the Parliamentary Question. Therefore, the very least that the Department holds is the information supplied by NHS England to the Department, in order that the answer could be provided. I would be grateful if you could look at the request again, and confirm or deny for each element what information is held - even if it was originally sourced from somewhere else - and provide any information you hold, or an explanation of why it is exempt or otherwise unavailable.

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

Yours faithfully,

Tim Turner

FreedomofInformation,

Dear Mr Turner,

I can confirm that the Department has received your request for an Internal Review of your Freedom of Information request (Our reference: DE00000839259). This is now being processed by a member of the Freedom of Information team, who will respond to you in due course.

Yours sincerely,

Jamie Scott

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health

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Dear Mr Turner

 

Please find attached the Department of Health’s reply following your
request for an Internal Review into the above-mentioned case.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

[1]DH.JPG Tony Doole

Senior Casework Manager, Freedom of Information

Department of Health, 79 Whitehall, SW1A 2NS

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