Atos Healthscare, complaints relating to the conduct of their "Health Care Professionals".

Mr Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Nursing and Midwifery Council

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

The request was refused by Nursing and Midwifery Council.

Dear Nursing and Midwifery Council,

It has been reported in the media that twelve doctors employed by the firm Atos Healthcare are under investigation by the General Medical Council over allegations of improper conduct.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2011/...

Atos have previously used a doctor who had not been licensed to practise in Britain and a GP who attended an Atos recruitment fair stated she feared doctors could become "agents of the state" who were de-professionalised by involvement in a system that did not make patient care its first concern.
Public confidence in the governments ability to take control and protect patients is at an all time low, and the actions of Atos Healthcare and their "Health Care Professionals" has become a national disgrace, not least because the government has seen fit to extent their contract.

I have made a request to the General Medical Council relating to the number of complaints they have received during the last five years, over the conduct of doctors employed by Atos to carry out assessments and/or examinations for the DWP.
http://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/at...

However, Atos Healthcare do not limit themselves to only employing doctors to carry out their assessments and/or examinations as they also use what they describe as "Health Care Professionals" which includes nurses, etc.

Therefore, I wish to request the number of individual complaints that the Nursing and Midwifery Council have received, during the last five years, over the conduct of nurses, or any other health care professionals, that are employed by Atos to carry out assessments and/or examinations for the DWP. Please supply the information for each individual year.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Taylor

Dear Nursing and Midwifery Council,

You have not responded to my request in any way. You have exceeded the time limit for doing so as outlined in the Act.
Please respond ASAP.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Taylor

Cecilia Anto-Awuakye, Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Please find attached a response to your recent FoI request.
 
Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)
61 Aldwych
London
WC2B 4AE
[1]www.nmc-uk.org
 

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Dear Nursing and Midwifery Council,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Nursing and Midwifery Council's handling of my FOI request 'Atos Healthscare, complaints relating to the conduct of their "Health Care Professionals".'.

You have exceeded the time scale for responding to my request for information, as set out in the Act. Upon my prompting you due to this you have now supplied only a small part of the information I have requested.

You, as a public authority, are obliged under the Act to assist me in my request yet you have stated that the information I have requested for 4 separate years have been considered together and have therefore collectively exceed the prescribed amount of £450. You have not advised me how I could have narrowed the periods requested in order to fit within this limit, nor have you supplied any proportion of the information requested which would have been possible with in limit ie the information for 1, or more, of the 4 year periods.

Please reconsider your response as I am dissatisfied with not only the response but also with your apparent blasé attitude to taking the requirements of Act itself seriously.

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

Yours faithfully,

Mr Taylor

foi&dparequest@NMC, Nursing and Midwifery Council

Dear Mr Taylor

I acknowledge receipt of your request for an internal review. You will receive a full response to your request within 20 working days from receipt of your email.

Yours sincerely

Mrs Christine Simmons
Records Manager
Records and Archives Department
020 7681 5483

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Bridget Shelton, Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Dear Mr Taylor
 
Please see attached letter from Professor Weir-Hughes.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Bridget Shelton
Senior Administrator
Office of the Chair and Chief Executive
020 7681 5484
 
Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
London W1B 1PZ
www.nmc-uk.org

020 7333 9333 (Advice Centre)
 

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Dear Professor Dickon Weir Hughes,

You state that you are unable to supply the information I have requested because the NMC only index the name of the individual who is the subject of the complaint and it s not possible to conduct a simple search of your data base to establish the number of complaints registered against individuals employed by Atos healthcare. If this is the case you are failing to offer protection to the public in identifying patterns emerging of rogue private sector companies, who may be employing medical staff willing to abandon their duty of care to the patient in order to deny disabilities for the purpose of meeting targets and securing maximum revenue.

The efficiency of your systems appears be equal to your non compliance of your obligations under the FOI Act if you are unable to carry out such a simple task.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Taylor

Bridget Shelton, Nursing and Midwifery Council

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Dear Mr Taylor
 
Please see attached letter from Peter Pinto de Sa.
 
Yours sincerely
 
Bridget
 
Bridget Shelton
Senior Administrator
Office of the Chair and Chief Executive
020 7681 5484
 
Nursing and Midwifery Council
23 Portland Place
London W1B 1PZ
www.nmc-uk.org

020 7333 9333 (Advice Centre)
 

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