All medical exemptions from PCR Test

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Thank you for your previous response to my FOI request.

Prior to my last request:

Could you please list ALL of the medical conditions that exempt a person from taking the PCR test, especially when travelling abroad. This is because it states on the government website there are medical conditions, but they are not detailed.

Yours faithfully,

Lewis Schwarz

Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Schwarz,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1348265).

Yours sincerely, 

Raymond Cheung
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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 and Social Care's handling of my FOI request:
'All medical exemptions from PCR Test'.

Complaint:

I've asked for a list of ALL medical exemptions from the PCR test. Instead of giving a list of ALL exemptions as requested, you have given examples of medical exemptions, an almost identical response to my previous request. It seems it's been copied and pasted rather than handled independently.
This is not an acceptable response.

This is also not what I asked for. I expect a full list of ALL medical exemptions from the PCR test, as stated in my request.

You have confirmed you hold the information, so you are now required to provide it.

My request:
https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/a...

Kind regards,

Lewis Schwarz

Lewis Schwarz left an annotation ()

Nearly a month with no acknowledgement, to the fact they didnt give the correct answer.

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Schwarz,

 

I am writing to notify you that the Department of Health and Social Care
(DHSC) is no longer able to respond to your request for an internal
review. This is because the ownership, and all previously held information
on the subject area/s you have enquired about, has been transferred to the
UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

 

The responsibility for replying to your query now rests with UKHSA. An
agreement has been reached between DHSC and UKHSA for all existing
requests to be transferred for processing. You do not need to take any
action.

 

I apologise that we have been unable to process your enquiry at DHSC and
for the length of time you have had to wait thus far. This delay is
attributed to the overwhelming volume of queries DHSC has received
throughout the pandemic.

 

UKHSA will make every effort to process your request as swiftly as
possibly. Should you need to contact UKHSA you can do so via email at:
[1][email address]

 

DHSC FOI Team

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Dear Lewis Schwarz,
Please find attached UKHSA's response to your request.
Yours sincerely,
Information Rights Team
UK Health Security Agency
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