Allegations of misconduct in public office made against public officials within the Parliamentary & Health Services Ombudsman (PHSO)

Fran French made this Freedom of Information request to Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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Dear Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,

How many public officials within the PHSO have had allegations of malfeasance / misconduct in public office made against them.

How many of those resulted in a prosecution / a dismissal of the allegations by the relevant police force?

Yours faithfully,

Fran French

informationrights@ombudsman.org.uk, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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Dear Fran French

 

RE: Your information request: R0000705

         

I write in response to your email to the Parliamentary and Health Service
Ombudsman (PHSO) dated 18 May 2019 requesting information under the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Request:

 

How many public officials within the PHSO have had allegations of
malfeasance / misconduct in public office made against them?

 

How many of those resulted in a prosecution / a dismissal of the
allegations by the relevant police force?

 

Response

 

We do not hold the specific information you request as we do not record
this level of information. We can confirm there has been 1 dismissal in
the past 4 years due to disciplinary action.

If you believe we have made an error in the way I have processed your
information request, it is open to you to request an internal review.  You
can do this by writing to us by post or by email to
[1][Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman request email]. You will need to specify that the
nature of the issue is and we can consider the matter further. Beyond
that, it is open to you to complain to the Information Commissioner’s
Office ([2]www.ico.org.uk).

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information/Data Protection Team

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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phsothefacts Pressure Group left an annotation ()

I'll just leave this here. http://phsothefacts.com/misconduct-in-pu...

Fran French left an annotation ()

Appreciated.

I had not seen that, but had these two pages in the links below:

https://ukaji.org/2017/11/15/a-legal-thr...

https://phsothetruestory.com/2018/04/12/...

"D.I Granville’s investigation found that Section 11 of the Parliamentary Commissioners Act 1967 effectively shields scrutiny of PHSO investigations unless they are being investigated for alleged offences of perjury or breaches of the Official Secrets Act. At the request of DI Granville the Metropolitan Police Department of Legal Services reviewed the legislation & took the advice of legal counsel who confirmed that as a Police Service we have no authority to investigate any further in this instance."

Section 11 of the Parliamentary Commissioners Act 1967 includes:

"and the Commissioner and his officers shall not be called upon to give evidence in any proceedings"

In that case the PHSO needs to be scrapped

phsothefacts Pressure Group left an annotation ()

PHSO is unaccountable to members of the public. Judicial review is costly and narrow in remit. Virtually impossible to win. PACAC do not look at individual cases and the police won’t investigate them.