Closed QIS/SHC board papers

Mr Wyllie made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

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 successful.

Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a request for information, under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 and SSI 2008/297.

I understand from your useful website that you have held NHS QIS board meetings, and recorded the papers and minutes of these meetings on your website, since 2006.

I understand from the Scottish Health Council website that the same has taken place there, but know that NHS QIS is the FoI authority covering the Scottish Health Council, because the later is a committee of QIS.

I would like to request details of the papers and minutes of meetings of (i) NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and (ii) the Scottish Health Council that have been withheld from the public because the meeting was closed at the time in relation to meetings held from 1st December 2007.

Please provide copies of these documents, in an electronic format, suitable for upload to the internet. I imagine these papers are already stored electronically, so I trust this should not pose a problem.

I look forward very much to your response, and am very grateful for your help.

Best wishes,

Mr Wyllie

Maitland-Cullen Patrick (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Dear Mr Wyllie,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information enquiry of 24^th December,
received today, 5 January.*

In your request you said:

"I would like to request details of the papers and minutes of meetings of
(i) NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and (ii) the Scottish Health Council
that have been withheld from the public because the meeting was closed at
the time in relation to meetings held from 1st December 2007.

Please provide copies of these documents, in an electronic format,
suitable for upload to the internet..."

Under legislation we are obliged to respond to you within 20 working days,
therefore by close of Monday 1^st February.

I shall liaise with my opposite number in the Scottish Health Council when
he returns from annual leave later this week.

Please don't hesitate to contact me on telephone 0131 623 4605 if you have
any queries about this acknowledgment.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

* Please note: the NHS QIS offices were closed from 25 December to 4
January inclusive. The Comments box is checked each morning - and your
email sent on the afternoon of the 24th was picked up this morning. In
future an FOI redirect message giving FOI officer direct contact details
will be set up on the Comments box over the Christmas and New Year period.
Please accept my apologies for any inconvenience caused.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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Maitland-Cullen Patrick (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Dear Mr Wyllie,

Further to your Freedom of Information enquiry received 5 January, this is
being processed as an inclusive request for withheld information
(`documents') relating to NHS QIS board meetings and Scottish Health
Council national council meetings during the period you indicate.

If there are any subjects you wish to focus the request on, I should be
very grateful if you would consider letting me know.

However, please note that under legislation you are not in any way obliged
to explain the focus or direction of your enquiry, or to refine it, and
that the request will, of course, continue to be processed in the terms
you have set out unless you specify otherwise.

Please don't hesitate to contact me on telephone 0131 623 4605 if you have
any queries.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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Dear Mr Maitland-Cullen,

Many thanks for your email, which I have taken time to consider.

I don't consider at this stage I would feel able to narrow down my request. This is because I am uncertain about what subjects the closed papers discuss.

I wonder if I might suggest it would be a good idea if in future the subjects of the confidential items are published on the agenda of QIS meetings, so far as I am aware in a similar manner to local authorities, as this might enable other requesters to narrow down any requests they make in the manner you describe.

However, I consider preparing a schedule of the subjects of the closed papers now for the purposes of enabling me to narrow down the request would simply take up more time - something I do not feel comfortable in doing.

On a connected matter, I don't anticipate that redaction of exempt matters in the papers by the trained eye will take up too much time.

However, I should be pleased to indicate formally that I don't intend to exercise my right under the 2002 Act to request an internal review of QIS' handling of my request if the response falls outside the 20 day time limit, provided I get a response no later than 15 further working days after the 20 day limit for this request. I think this would be only fair, considering the particular time at which I sent the request.

Please do let me know if I can be of further help, and thanks for getting in touch.

Yours sincerely,

Mr Wyllie

Maitland-Cullen Patrick (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Dear Mr Wylie,

The formal response to your FOI enquiry to NHS QIS (and Scottish Health
Council) will come in two parts.

Part one should be emailed by close of tomorrow, 2 February, following a
joint internal sign-off - and consist of around several dozen pdfs. Please
note that many of these are small cover documents, and that none is large.

Because of the probable number of attachments, there may be about a dozen
emails. An Excel index list will be sent with the attachments.

Part two will respond on the information processed internally by Scottish
Health Council. This will be a smaller response.

Please note that the formal response will include a full reference to any
exemptions, and detail your rights under the Freedom of Information
(Scotland) Act to an internal review, and to take matters further, if
wished, to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
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Maitland-Cullen Patrick (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

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Dear Mr Wylie,

In your Freedom of Information enquiry received on 5 January you said:

"I would like to request details of the papers and minutes of meetings of
(i) NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and (ii) the Scottish Health Council
that have been withheld from the public because the meeting was closed at
the time in relation to meetings held from 1st December 2007."

Please provide copies of these documents, in an electronic format,
suitable for upload to the internet..."

In response:

Please find attached an Excel file with a list including all the online
board papers for meetings where some papers were private, plus those
referred to above. This gives context for the number of papers taken in
private for the period from 1st December 2007.

Relevant documents have been converted to PDF format, and will follow as
attachments to a dozen 1 page emails.

Two exemptions are claimed under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act -
section 38(1)(b). The redactions have been made to the following
documents:

Doc 71 - BM280808 - Agenda Item 9.3 Blood Transfusion Services - page 7

Doc 23 - BM111208 - Agenda Item 3 draftstrategyminutesOc FINAL - page 1

Section 38(1)(b) exempts information if it is personal data and either of
the conditions set out in section 38(2) or 38(3) is satisfied. Section
38(2) exempts information if its release would breach one of the DPA's
`data protection principles.' Please see the guidance produced by the
Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner for further information:

[1]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/nmsru...

The Scottish Health Council is also processing your request. As soon as
its final response is ready SHC will respond via NHS QIS. Two documents
held in NHS QIS board files are being processed in the second part of the
response**. These are:

2. LetterKWtoRNorrisScottishHealthCouncil14012009

3. MINUTES OF PRIVATE MEETING OF THE [NHS QIS] BOARD HELD ON 25 JUNE 2009
IN THE BOARDROOM, DELTA HOUSE, GLASGOW

I have drawn your email of 19 January, with its extended response time
note, to the attention of the SHC information officer.

Please note that if you are not satisfied that the information above is an
adequate response to your enquiry, you are entitled under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act to ask for an independent review within NHS
QIS.

Review requests must be made within 40 days of either (a) the 20th day
after the submission of the request or (b) the date on which the applicant
receives the information which is the subject of the review request, or
you receive a notice of fees payable, of refusal, or that the information
requested is not held by NHS QIS. In addition to asking for a review, you
should outline the nature of your complaint. Our obligation is to respond
to this requirement for review promptly, and by no later than 20 working
days. In order to ensure that a review request is handled independently
within NHS QIS, you should direct it to:

Eleanor Lewis

Director of Planning and Resource Management

Elliott House

8-10 Hillside Crescent

Edinburgh EH7 5EA

Tel: 0131 623 4300

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of such a review, you are
entitled to refer the matter to the Scottish Information Commissioner (
www.itspublicknowledge.info ), telephone 01334 464 610.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (direct line 0131 623 4605) if you
require clarification of this response to your request.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen

**Recognising that Scottish Health Council is a committee of NHS QIS.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [2]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[3]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [4]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [5]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [6]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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http://www.sign.ac.uk/
4. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
5. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
6. http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 1 to 10
attached.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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http://www.sign.ac.uk/
3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
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http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 11 to 20
attached.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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http://www.sign.ac.uk/
3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
5. http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 21 to 30
attached.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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http://www.sign.ac.uk/
3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
5. http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
6. http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=xT...

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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 32* to 41
attached.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen,

Please note: gaps of 1 in the numbering sequence indicate that a draft
version has been counted in to the sequence and then omitted - and that
the item following the gap is the finalised item presented to the private
session.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
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request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 43* to 60
attached.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen,

Please note: gaps of 1 in the numbering sequence indicate that a draft
version has been counted in to the sequence and then omitted - and that
the item following the gap is the finalised item presented to the private
session.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
5. http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 61* to 75
attached.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen,

Please note: gaps of 1 in the numbering sequence indicate that a draft
version has been counted in to the sequence and then omitted - and that
the item following the gap is the finalised item presented to the private
session.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
emails as well as other written forms of information as a result of a
request made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

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3. http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
http://www.scottishmedicines.org/
4. http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk
http://www.elib.scot.nhs.uk/
5. http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
http://www.nhshealthquality.org/
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Maitland-Cullen Patrick (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

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Dear Mr Wylie,

As indexed in the Excel sheet in email 1, please find PDFs 76* to 87
attached.

There are no further emails/attachments in this part (one) of the
response.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen,

Please note: gaps of 1 in the numbering sequence indicate that a draft
version has been counted in to the sequence and then omitted - and that
the item following the gap is the finalised item presented to the private
session.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

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healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
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Dear Mr Wylie,

In your Freedom of Information enquiry received on 5 January you said:

"I would like to request details of the papers and minutes of meetings of
(i) NHS Quality Improvement Scotland and (ii) the Scottish Health Council
that have been withheld from the public because the meeting was closed at
the time in relation to meetings held from 1st December 2007."

Please provide copies of these documents, in an electronic format,
suitable for upload to the internet..."

Response - final part (Scottish Health Council):

Please find attached an Excel file with a list of Scottish Health Council
National Council papers taken in private - acting as an index of the
papers being sent you in this batch. Two NHS QIS papers relating to SHC
are all also listed. The Excel worksheet details any exemptions applied.
Relevant documents have been converted to PDF format, and follow as
attachments to five 1-page emails.

Three exemptions are claimed under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act -
section 38(1) - personal information. The redactions have been made to the
following documents:

o PRIVATE Minute 11-10-07

o PRIVATE Minute 10-04-08

o PRIVATE Minute 11-06-09

Section 38(1) exempts information if it is personal data and either of the
conditions set out in section 38(2) or 38(3) is satisfied. Section 38(2)
exempts information if its release would breach one of the Data Protection
Act's 'data protection principles'. Please see the guidance produced by
the Office of the Scottish Information Commissioner for further
information:
[1]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/nmsru...

One exemption is claimed under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act -
section 30(b)ii - a redaction has been made to :

o PRIVATE Minute 06-12-07

Section 30(b) exempts information on the grounds of prejudice to the
effective conduct of public affairs where its disclosure -

(b) would, or would be likely to, inhibit substantially -

(i) the free and frank provision of advice; or

(ii) the free and frank exchange of views for the purposes of
deliberation; or

(c) would otherwise prejudice substantially, or be likely to prejudice
substantially, the effective conduct of public affairs.

Please see the guidance produced by the Office of the Scottish Information
Commissioner for further information:

[2]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/nmsru...

The public interest test has been applied.

Four exemptions are claimed under Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act -
section 25. These documents are already in the public domain - and direct
links to online copies are given below.

o Consultation Response - Local Health Care Bill Paper. Whole document
available on our website:
[3]http://www.scottishhealthcouncil.org/shc...

o External Review - Report/ Presentation. Whole report and summary
available on website:
[4]http://www.scottishhealthcouncil.org/shc...

o Development of Action Plan - Paper. Final version available on our
website:
[5]http://www.scottishhealthcouncil.org/shc...

o Response: Public Services Reform Bill. NHS QIS board paper. Whole
document available on our website:
[6]http://www.scottishhealthcouncil.org/shc...

Please note that if you are not satisfied that the information above is an
adequate response to your enquiry, you are entitled under the Freedom of
Information (Scotland) Act to ask for an independent review within NHS
QIS.

Review requests must be made within 40 days of either (a) the 20th day
after the submission of the request or (b) the date on which the applicant
receives the information which is the subject of the review request, or
you receive a notice of fees payable, of refusal, or that the information
requested is not held by NHS QIS. In addition to asking for a review, you
should outline the nature of your complaint. Our obligation is to respond
to this requirement for review promptly, and by no later than 20 working
days. In order to ensure that a review request is handled independently
within NHS QIS, you should direct it to:

Eleanor Lewis

Director of Planning and Resource Management

Elliott House

8-10 Hillside Crescent

Edinburgh EH7 5EA

Tel: 0131 623 4300

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of such a review, you are
entitled to refer the matter to the Scottish Information Commissioner (
www.itspublicknowledge.info ), telephone 01334 464 610.

Please do not hesitate to contact me (direct line 0131 623 4605) if you
require clarification of this response to your request.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen

Please note - emails with attachments to follow.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [7]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[8]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [9]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [10]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [11]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
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Dear Mr Wylie,

Further to my email containing the index for the SHC private papers,
please find the following 7 documents attached.

A Form Fit to Function - implementation timescales Aug09

BM260209y - AgendaItem9SHCReviewRptFinalversion

LetterKWtoRNorrisScottishHealthCouncil14012009

Local Advisory Council Members Role

Local Advisory Council Working Group July08 update

Proposed remit for external review Feb08

Register of Interests 15-07-08

Further documents to follow.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
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Dear Mr Wylie,

Further to my email containing the index for the SHC private papers,
please find the following 7 documents attached.

PRIVATE Minute 01-10-09

PRIVATE Minute 02-04-09

PRIVATE Minute 06-12-07

PRIVATE Minute 07-02-08

PRIVATE Minute 07-08-08

PRIVATE Minute 09-10-08

PRIVATE Minute 10-04-08

Further documents to follow in final email.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

This correspondence is intended for the named recipient. If it is received
or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
recipient must treat the information contained in the correspondence as
confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

Please note: as a public body, NHS QIS may be required to make available
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Dear Mr Wylie,

Further to my email containing the index for the SHC private papers and
the formal covering text for these final response emails, please find the
following 6 documents attached.

PRIVATE Minute 11-06-09

PRIVATE Minute 11-10-07

PRIVATE Minute 12-02-09

PRIVATE Minute 12-06-08

PRIVATE Minute 13-08-09

PRIVATE Minute 27-11-08

There are no further documents.

Please don't hesitate to contact me if you require further information.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [4]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
8-10 Hillside Crescent
Edinburgh
EH7 5EA

Click [5]here to find out how we are helping to improve the quality of
healthcare across Scotland.

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or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
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Dear Mr Maitland-Cullen,

I just wanted to drop this line after looking at the papers you submitted, and thank you for what is a Herculean effort by you, far and away above what I expected.

I do hope,at least, that my FoI request may - by being published online - stop you having to start over again with another, and given the volume of released information, may cause QIS to reflect about the division between private and public.

But these are side issues. Thank you very much again for your courtesy, diligence and thoroughness.

Many thanks and best wishes.

Dear Mr Maitland-Cullen,

I have considered further your response to my freedom of information request, in particular the redacted part of the meeting of the Scottish Health Council in December 2007.

All my previous comments praising your response stand. However, I fear that the one exemption to the SHC minute has been misapplied.

Consequently, and with regret, I must ask you to please pass this message on to Ms Lewis, to whom you refer in your email.

I am writing to request an internal review of NHS Quality Improvement Scotland's handling of my FOI request 'Closed QIS/SHC board papers'.

This is because, in the light of the Commissioner's decision in Decision 126/2009 Mrs Teresa Cleere-Martin and Glasgow City Council, the exemption applied to the December 2007 minute by the Board is one that requires a real and substantial risk of harm.

I do not consider, based on the information available to me, that such a risk exists. This is due in part to the age of the minute, changes that have taken place since then, and the nature of the meeting as formal. Furthermore:

"27. Having considered the Council's redactions, the Commissioner notes that much of the information in question is factual (and sometimes simply administrative) in nature. Not all of it could be said to represent exchanges of views. While the Council is clearly concerned about the tone and manner in which the information is recorded, the information at issue here is recorded in a generally non-contentious manner, at a relatively high level and with very little by way of detailed coverage of deliberations. Information regarding places and persons is noticeably absent. Views are not generally attributed to particular individuals or groups...

28.The Council has not provided any substantive information as to the sensitivity of this particular information or of the specific nature of the harm which would or would be likely to occur if it was disclosed..."

This comes from the Commissioner's Decision to which I referred. I consider, given the nature of the other minutes I have released, that these paragraphs are operative in this case also.

I consequently consider the exemption has been incorrectly applied, and would request disclosure of the redacted information.

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

I am very sorry I have taken this decision - however, I am concerned that the information could be of real value to the public interest, and non-disclosure should be kept to the absolute minimum. I trust you agree.

Yours faithfully,

Mr Wyllie

Maitland-Cullen Patrick (NHS Quality Improvement Scotland), NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Dear Mr Wylie,

Further to your email request for an internal review, received this
morning, this has been forwarded to the Director of Planning and Resource
Management.

Please find a link below to information on the Scottish Information
Commissioner's website on internal reviews:

[1]http://www.itspublicknowledge.info/YourR...

NHS QIS should undertake the review and reply to your request for
information as soon as possible, in this case within 20 working days -
therefore by close of Monday 29 March. If the outcome of the review is
that the original decision is upheld or to release more of the information
requested, but not all of it, you will be notified in writing and we will
explain why, referring to the relevant exemption(s), and advising you of
your right to appeal further to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Please don't hesitate to contact me in the meantime if you require
further information.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

07592 792 649 [Mobile]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [2]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[3]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [4]www.scottishmedicines.org /
NHSScotland E-library: [5]www.elib.scot.nhs.uk

NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
Elliot House
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EH7 5EA

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or accessed by any individual or organisation other than stated, the
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confidential and dispose of it appropriately.

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Dear Mr Wyllie,

On 27 February you asked for the review of a redaction under FOI(S)A
section 30(b)ii, contained in the response to your freedom of information
enquiry (our ref: FOI request 99).

The internal review panel has scrutinised the redaction, and decided for
disclosure.

Please find the following document attached with redaction omitted:

PRIVATEMinute061207

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require further information.

Yours sincerely,

Patrick Maitland-Cullen.

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that the original decision was upheld or that NHS QIS should release more
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writing with reference to the relevant exemption(s), and advised of your
right to appeal further to the Scottish Information Commissioner.

Patrick Maitland-Cullen
Health Information Scientist
NHS Quality Improvement Scotland

Tel: 0131 623 4605 [direct]
Tel: 0131 623 4300 [Edinburgh Office]

Textphone: 0131 623 438. [Edinburgh]

NHS QIS Website: [1]www.nhshealthquality.org / SIGN Website:
[2]www.sign.ac.uk / SMC Website: [3]www.scottishmedicines.org /
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NHS Quality Improvement Scotland
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