Political instructions to departmental spokesmen

Martin Keegan 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 Sir or Madam,

I am writing to request the following information under the Freedom of Information Act:

who was the spokesman who gave the statement "There is no reason for this party to exist" in relation to the National Health Action Party in today's BBC story at http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20... ?

what policy, if any, has the Department of Health on the acceptability of the existence of political parties?

what instructions, communications or "lines to take" have been issued to spokesmen and/or press officers in your department by ministers and/or special advisers under the current government on the subject of political activism about health issues?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Department of Health and Social Care

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For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to
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Department of Health website’s [4]Frequently Asked Questions.  You can
also view our [5]performance against quarterly service targets.
Please note that the Department of Health does not process complaints
about the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider,
please visit the [6]'How to make a complaint' page on the Department's
website.
 
You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from our
[7]Customer Charter and [8]Information Charter.

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References

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1. Department's website
http://transparency.dh.gov.uk/category/t...
2. http://www.nhs.uk/
3. http://www.direct.gov.uk/
4. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/FAQ/index.htm
5. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/contact-dh/c...
6. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/contact-dh/c...
7. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/contact-dh/
8. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/FreedomOfInforma...

Department of Health and Social Care

1 Atodiad

Our ref: DE00000740211 
 
Dear Mr Keegan, 
 
Please see attached the Department of Health's response to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely,
 
Jamie Scott

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health
 

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Dear Mr Scott,

thank you for your response to my recent FOIA request. You have failed to answer at least one of the three questions, which related to the name of the spokesman who made the statement reported on the BBC website.

Should I submit this question as a separate FOIA request such that it cannot be overlooked when responding to other questions, or are you still looking for the spokesman's name?

Yours faithfully,

Martin Keegan

Department of Health and Social Care

Thank you for contacting the Department of Health.
This is an acknowledgement - please do not reply to this email.
Where a reply is appropriate, we aim to send one within 18 working days,
or 20 working days if your query is a Freedom of Information request or
complaint.
If you have contacted the Department of Health about a current health or
social care campaign, please visit the [1]Department's website where a
response may have been published.

If your enquiry is about a medical matter, please contact NHS Direct on
0845 4647 or visit [2]NHS Choices, or contact your GP surgery.

For general health information you may also find it helpful to refer to
[3]Directgov, the UK Government’s Official information website, or the
Department of Health website’s [4]Frequently Asked Questions.  You can
also view our [5]performance against quarterly service targets.
Please note that the Department of Health does not process complaints
about the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider,
please visit the [6]'How to make a complaint' page on the Department's
website.
 
You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from our
[7]Customer Charter and [8]Information Charter.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Communications via the GSi may be automatically logged, monitored and/or
recorded for legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. Department's website
http://transparency.dh.gov.uk/category/t...
2. http://www.nhs.uk/
3. http://www.direct.gov.uk/
4. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/FAQ/index.htm
5. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/contact-dh/c...
6. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/contact-dh/c...
7. http://www.dh.gov.uk/health/contact-dh/
8. http://www.dh.gov.uk/en/FreedomOfInforma...

Department of Health and Social Care

1 Atodiad

Our ref: DE00000746300 
 
Dear Mr Keegan, 
 
Please see attached the Department of Health's response to your Freedom of
Information request.

Yours sincerely,
 
Jamie Scott

Freedom of Information Officer
Department of Health
 

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