Under-Guise Investigations/Operations undertaken either by, or under formal instruction of the GDC.

Dominic O'Hooley made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to General Dental Council

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Gwrthodwyd y cais gan General Dental Council.

Dear General Dental Council,

Please answer the following detailed questions:

1 - Please give the date when the GDC first started to either internally, or instructed external operatives/companies to undertake under-guise investigations/operations against registered dental professionals as part of criminal, professional misconduct, health and/or performance alleged issues, whether these resulted in progression to Practice Committees or not.

2 - Please give detailed minutes of formal meetings where the GDC decided to use under-guise investigations/operations as part of the investigatory process involving registered dental professionals. Please give the names of all meeting participants and include their recorded positions regarding the use of under-guise investigations/operations by the GDC.

3 - Please give the name of the Chairperson of the GDC who was in position when under -guise investigations/operations were first approved for use by the GDC. Please state, for the record, their position regarding under-guise investigations/operations, by the GDC.

4 - Please give details of all minutes regarding the formal legal advice given to the GDC regarding the initial proposal/approval and actioning of under-guise investigations/operations, by the GDC.

Yours faithfully,

Dominic O'Hooley

Freedom of Information Requests, General Dental Council

 

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Information (FOI) Team at the General Dental Council.

 

We aim to acknowledge official requests for information individually.
Please note however, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act you
will receive a response to any FOI request within 20 working days, the
first day being the working day following our receipt of your query. Any
request under the Data Protection Act will be answered within 30 calendar
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In either case, we will respond as soon as possible.

 

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Protection will be forwarded to the relevant team for response.

 

Thank you for contacting the General Dental Council.

 

Information Governance Team

General Dental Council

Email. [1][General Dental Council request email]

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Freedom of Information Requests, General Dental Council

Dear Mr O'Hooley,

Thank you for your request for information, regarding under-guise investigations/operations undertaken either by, or under formal instruction of the GDC.

Your request was received on 8 April 2021 and has been allocated to the Information Governance team to provide a response. We are dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (‘the FOI Act’).

The GDC will process your request promptly, however, please note the FOI Act allows public authorities (the GDC) up to 20 working days to provide a response – the statutory deadline is therefore 7 May 2021.

Kind Regards

Billy Doherty | Information Officer, Information Governance
General Dental Council | 1, Colmore Square | Birmingham | B4 6HQ
Telephone: 01217520071
Email: [General Dental Council request email]
Web: www.gdc-uk.org

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Dear Mr O’Hooley

 

Please find attached the GDC response to your information request dated 8
April 2021.

 

Regards

 

Colin Lench

Deputy Information Governance Manager &

Data Protection Officer

General Dental Council

 

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Dominic O'Hooley

Dear General Dental Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of General Dental Council's handling of my FOI request 'Under-Guise Investigations/Operations undertaken either by, or under formal instruction of the GDC.'.

It is unacceptable that a regulatory body whose very purpose includes the regulation of dentists, dental care professionals and dental education, cannot provide accurate information regarding my requests.
These are serious matters and the second time in recent memory where the GDC have been found to have acted unlawfully. I do not accept that the simple issue of volume of files and time required to trawl through your records (which I would have expected to have been scanned and collated as we are in the 21st Century), is an adequate reason to decline to provide this important information. You expect high standards from those you regulate. We, in turn, expect high standards from you and I would expect you to make all efforts to provide the information I requested and show clarity and transparency to the dental profession.

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

Yours faithfully,

Dominic O'Hooley

Freedom of Information Requests, General Dental Council

 

Thank you for your message, which has been received by the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Team at the General Dental Council.

 

We aim to acknowledge official requests for information individually.
Please note however, in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act you
will receive a response to any FOI request within 20 working days, the
first day being the working day following our receipt of your query. Any
request under the Data Protection Act will be answered within 30 calendar
days, the first day being the same day as receipt of your query.

 

In either case, we will respond as soon as possible.

 

Any query sent to this e mail address which does not relate to FOI or Data
Protection will be forwarded to the relevant team for response.

 

Thank you for contacting the General Dental Council.

 

Information Governance Team

General Dental Council

Email. [1][General Dental Council request email]

Web: [2]www.gdc-uk.org 

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Dental regulating the dental team
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undisputed invoice. In order to minimise delays to payment, please ensure
that you quote the GDC’s official Purchase Order number on all your
invoices.

dangos adrannau a ddyfynnir

Registered office: General Dental Council, 37 Wimpole St, London, W1G 8DQ.

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Freedom of Information Requests, General Dental Council

Dear Mr O'Hooley,

On behalf of the GDC’s Executive Director, Legal and Governance, I acknowledge receipt of your request that the GDC conducts an Internal Review of how we dealt with your request under the Freedom of Information Act for information relating to Under-Guise Investigations/Operations undertaken either by, or under formal instruction of the GDC.

The Executive Director, Legal and Governance will conduct the FOI Internal Review within 20 working days (i.e. excluding weekends and bank holidays) – therefore, the date by which the GDC anticipates you should receive a response is the 7 June 2021.

Kind Regards

Billy Doherty | Information Officer, Information Governance
General Dental Council | 1, Colmore Square | Birmingham | B4 6HQ
Telephone: 01217520071
Email: [General Dental Council request email]
Web: www.gdc-uk.org

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Dear Mr O’Hooley

 

I write further to the acknowledgement of 10 May 2021 on behalf of the
Executive Director, Legal and Governance.

 

Unfortunately, it will take the GDC some additional time to finalise the
response to you. We anticipate being able to provide you with a response
next week (ending 18 June 2021).

 

I am sorry for any inconvenience which may arise from this short delay.

 

Regards

 

Colin Lench

Deputy Information Governance Manager &

Data Protection Officer

General Dental Council

 

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Freedom of Information Requests, General Dental Council

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Dear Mr O’Hooley

 

Further to my email to you on 7 June 2021, I am writing to advise you that
enquiries are continuing with colleagues, we anticipate it will require a
further five working days to provide a response to you.

 

We therefore expect to provide you with a full response no later than 25
June 2021.

 

I am sorry again for any inconvenience.

 

Regards

 

 

Colin Lench

Deputy Information Governance Manager &

Data Protection Officer

General Dental Council

 

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Colin Lench, General Dental Council

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Dear Mr O’Hooley

 

Please find attached the response to your internal review request.

 

Regards

 

 

Colin Lench

Deputy Information Governance Manager &

Data Protection Officer

General Dental Council

 

Email: [1][General Dental Council request email]

Web:  [2]gdc-uk.org

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DATA PROTECTION: Information about how the GDC will use and share the
information you give us, can be found in the privacy notice on our website
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undisputed invoice. In order to minimise delays to payment, please ensure
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invoices.
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