Register of payments from pharmaceutical companies to staff

Jonathan Mendel made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

This request has been closed to new correspondence. Contact us if you think it should be reopened.

Roedd y cais yn rhannol lwyddiannus.

Dear Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

Hospital trusts are reportedly meant to keep a register of payments from pharmaceutical companies (and other relevant companies) to staff, in case of conflicts of interest [1]. I am requesting a copy of the register for this Trust - which I would hope includes details of all relevant payments to staff and any related potential conflicts of interest. If it would be possible to have this information in an appropriate structured data format - for example, a CSV file - this would be helpful. If this Trust does not have a complete register, I would request: the release of the information on this topic that the Trust does hold; and an explanation of why the Trust does not hold a complete register.

I am aware that some would view data on pharmaceutical funding as personal data for those staff receiving the funding. Even if some of the information on this register may be classed as personal data (although this is contestable - for example, in some sectors of academia information re funding sources is made public as a matter of course) it would be covered by paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act. The release of these data is "necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the data controller or by the third party or parties to whom the data are disclosed" [2]. Spurling et al's systematic review of how information from pharmaceutical companies impacts physicians' prescribing reported that, of the studies included which looked at total promotional investment, three "found that total promotional investment was positively associated with prescribing frequency...Two...found both positive results and no association...One study did not detect an association" [3]. There is thus a legitimate interest in releasing this register: the available research suggests that it is plausible that payments received influence how public money is spent and the type of care provided to members of the public.

For the reasons given above, there is a strong public interest in releasing this information. While "requests for the personal data of a third party are exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act...if disclosure would contravene section 10 of the Data Protection Act, the right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress" [2], I would argue that, even if some of those named in these documents feel that their release would cause them damage or distress, this is outweighed by the significant public interest served by releasing these data.

Yours Faithfully,

Dr Jonathan Mendel

[1] http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/a...
[2] http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/info...
[3] http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info...

Bradley Llinos,

Dear Mr Mendel

Thank you for your request for information that was received on 18 April 2013 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we will let you know. We will issue a formal fees notice before commencing the work, setting out the likely cost against the amount of time anticipated.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

Regards

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]                     
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767        

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dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Bradley Llinos,

Dear Mr Mendel

I am writing regarding your request for information, which I received on 18 April 2013. In that request, you asked us for a copy of the Trust's register of payments from pharmaceutical companies.

We require further information in order to identify and locate the information that you have asked for. I will not be able to take this matter further without extra information from you. In particular, it would be useful if you could please advise of a specific time period that you would like information for. We will not be able to proceed with your request without further information from you.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications

Llinos Bradley
Freedom of Information Officer
Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Rothwell Road
Kettering
NN16 8UZ
E-Mail: [email address]                     
Tel: 01536 491560
Fax: 01536 493767        

Information contained in e-mails may be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, and confidentiality cannot therefore be guaranteed.  Please ensure that all e-mails are accurate and appropriate, and are retained/deleted in accordance with good practice and any policies of the Trust

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Dear Bradley Llinos,

Thanks for your reply. Information to cover the past five years would be great. Let me know if any further clarification would be helpful.

Yours sincerely,

Jonathan Mendel

Bradley Llinos,

I am out of the office until 19 April 2013 and will respond to your
message when I return.

If you are sending a Freedom of Information request please resend to
[email address].

Thank you.

Llinos

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Rothwell Road, Kettering, Northants NN16 8UZ Tel: 01536 492000

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Bradley Llinos,

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Dear Mr Mendel

 

Please find attached the Trust’s response to the Freedom of Information
request received 18 April 2013.

 

Regards

 

Llinos Bradley

Freedom of Information Officer

Kettering General Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Rothwell Road

Kettering

NN16 8UZ

E-Mail: [1][email address]                     

Tel: 01536 491560

Fax: 01536 493767        

 

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