Closure of NHS Hospital to members of the Public

The request was successful.

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am writing to request information regarding the closure of an NHS Hospital to members of the public (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) on December 9th 2010. It was reported that the Police refused access to members of the public who were unable to receive treatment at this hospital.

The information I require are as follows:

1) Who authorised the Police to prevent members of the public gaining access to the above mentioned hospital? (Their name, rank and department);

2) What date was it decided that the hospital would be closed to members of the public (Pre-Planning);

3) Copies of any e-mails, letters or other written record regarding this closure of a Public Hospital;

4) The reasons for closing the Hospital off to members of the public;

5) The name/number and rank of the Police officer(s) who initially refused Alfie Meadows entry to the hospital;

6) Any UK Statute or Case Law which gives the Police authority to prevent the public from entering an hospital when medical attention is required.

Yours faithfully,

James Alec Newman
For The Record (FTR)

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Newman

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010120001844
I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12/12/2010. I note you seek
access to the following information:

"I am writing to request information regarding the closure of an NHS
Hospital to members of the public (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) on
December 9th 2010.

It was reported that the Police refused access to members of the public
who were unable to receive treatment at this hospital. The information I
require are as follows:

1) Who authorised the Police to prevent members of the public gaining
access to the above mentioned hospital? (Their name, rank and department);
2) What date was it decided that the hospital would be closed to members
of the public (Preplanning);
3) Copies of any e-mails, letters or other written record regarding this
closure of a Public Hospital;
4) The reasons for closing the Hospital off to members of the public;
5) The name/number and rank of the Police officer(s) who initially refused
Alfie Meadows entry to the hospital;
6) Any UK Statute or Case Law which gives the Police authority to prevent
the public from entering an hospital when medical attention is required. "

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (the Act). You will receive a response within the
statutory timescale of 20 working days as defined by the Act, subject to
the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third
party. In some circumstances the MPS may be unable to achieve this
deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised
time-scale at the earliest opportunity.

Some requests may also require either full or partial transference to
another public authority in order to answer your query in the fullest
possible way. Again, you will be informed if this is the case.

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet, which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Peter Deja on telephone number 0207 161 3640 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Peter Deja
Policy and support officer
COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

The Metropolitan Police Service is here for London - on the streets and in
your community, working with you to make our city safer.

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system. To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law. Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents. The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The MPS has a
strict staff conduct policy. Any email that causes you concern should be
reported via the Contacts section on the official MPS Website at
[1]www.met.police.uk

References

Visible links
1. http://www.met.police.uk/

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Newman,

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2010120001844

I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 12 December 2010. I note that you
seek access to the following information:

"I am writing to request information regarding the closure of an NHS
Hospital to members of the public (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital) on
December 9th 2010.
It was reported that the Police refused access to members of the public
who were unable to receive treatment at this hospital. The information I
require are as follows:
1) Who authorised the Police to prevent members of the public gaining
access to the above mentioned hospital? (Their name, rank and department);
2) What date was it decided that the hospital would be closed to members
of the public (Preplanning);
3) Copies of any e-mails, letters or other written record regarding this
closure of a Public Hospital;
4) The reasons for closing the Hospital off to members of the public;
5) The name/number and rank of the Police officer(s) who initially refused
Alfie Meadows entry to the hospital;
6) Any UK Statute or Case Law which gives the Police authority to prevent
the public from entering an hospital when medical attention is required. "

Following receipt of your request, I have conducted searches to locate
information relevant to your request. I can confirm that information
relevant to your request is held by the MPS.

In respect of your request for:

1) Who authorised the Police to prevent members of the public gaining
access to the above mentioned hospital? (Their name, rank and department);
2) What date was it decided that the hospital would be closed to members
of the public (Preplanning);
3) Copies of any e-mails, letters or other written record regarding this
closure of a Public Hospital;
4) The reasons for closing the Hospital off to members of the public;
5) The name/number and rank of the Police officer(s) who initially refused
Alfie Meadows entry to the hospital;

Pursuant to the provisions of Section 21(1) of the Freedom of Information
Act 2000 (the Act) I have provided access to the information you have
requested by way of an internet link to the MPS Publication Scheme. I have
also copied the content of this internet link below.

Internet Link to MPS Website
http://cms.met.police.uk/news/major_oper...

Content of Internet Link
Claims police stopped hospital access are disproved

The MPS Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] has investigated
claims that police denied a 20-year-old man, injured during the student
protest of 9 December 2010, access to a hospital where injured officers
were being treated.

The investigation has found police played no part in denying the man
access to the hospital and the claims have subsequently been disproved.
The matter was between London Ambulance Service staff.

We have informed the family's solicitor of our finding. The DPS
investigated the claims that officers denied the man access to the
hospital, in response to widespread media coverage. To date, no complaint
has been received.

Commander Mark Simmons, head of the Directorate of Professional Standards,
said: "This claim has been thoroughly investigated, and subsequently
disproved.

"The investigation was carried out in line with the MPS commitment to
ensure that anyone found to fall below the very highest standards of
professional behaviour is dealt with appropriately.

"In the same way we would publicise if officers have been found to fall
the below high standards required, it is only right that where allegations
against police are disproven, we update on it."

Reason for Decision
Section 17 of the Act provides:

(1) A public authority which, in relation to any request for information,
is to any extent relying on a claim that any provision in part II relating
to the duty to confirm or deny is relevant to the request or on a claim
that information is exempt information must, within the time for complying
with section 1(1), give the applicant a notice which-

(a) states the fact
(b) specifies the exemption in question, and
(c) states (if that would not otherwise be apparent) why the exemption
applies.

Section 21 of the Act provides:

(1) Information which is reasonably accessible to the application
otherwise than under section 1 is exempt information.

(3) For the purposes of subsection (1), information which is held by a
public authority and does not fall within subsection (2)(b) is not to be
regarded as reasonably accessible to the applicant merely because the
information is available from the public authority itself on request,
unless the information is made available in accordance with the
authority's publication scheme and any payment required is specified in,
or determined in accordance with, the scheme.

In respect of your request for:

6) Any UK Statute or Case Law which gives the Police authority to prevent
the public from entering an hospital when medical attention is required.

In view of the answer provided in respect of questions 1-5, I have assumed
that you no longer require an answer to this question. However, if I have
misunderstood your request, please write to me at
[email address]

This notice concludes your request for information. I would like to take
this opportunity to thank you for your interest in the MPS.

Your attention is drawn to the attached sheet which details your right of
complaint.

Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write
or contact Damion Baird on telephone number 0207 230 5204 quoting the
reference number above.

Yours sincerely

Damion Baird
Information Manager
Directorate of Professional Standards

COMPLAINT RIGHTS

Are you unhappy with how your request has been handled or do you think the
decision is incorrect?

You have the right to require the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) to
review their decision.

Prior to lodging a formal complaint you are welcome and encouraged to
discuss the decision with the case officer that dealt with your request.

Ask to have the decision looked at again ***

The quickest and easiest way to have the decision looked at again is to
telephone the case officer that is nominated at the end of your decision
letter.

That person will be able to discuss the decision, explain any issues and
assist with any problems.

Complaint

If you are dissatisfied with the handling procedures or the decision of
the MPS made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the Act) regarding
access to information you can lodge a complaint with the MPS to have the
decision reviewed.

Complaints should be made in writing, within forty (40) working days from
the date of the refusal notice, and addressed to:

FOI Complaint
Public Access Office
PO Box 57192
London
SW6 1SF
[email address]

In all possible circumstances the MPS will aim to respond to your
complaint within 20 working days.
The Information Commissioner

After lodging a complaint with the MPS if you are still dissatisfied with
the decision you may make application to the Information Commissioner for
a decision on whether the request for information has been dealt with in
accordance with the requirements of the Act.

For information on how to make application to the Information Commissioner
please visit their website at www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.
Alternatively, phone or write to:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
Phone: 01625 545 700

The Metropolitan Police Service is here for London - on the streets and in
your community, working with you to make our city safer.

Consider our environment - please do not print this email unless
absolutely necessary.

NOTICE - This email and any attachments may be confidential, subject to
copyright and/or legal privilege and are intended solely for the use of
the intended recipient. If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and delete it from your system. To avoid incurring
legal liabilities, you must not distribute or copy the information in this
email without the permission of the sender. MPS communication systems are
monitored to the extent permitted by law. Consequently, any email and/or
attachments may be read by monitoring staff. Only specified personnel are
authorised to conclude any binding agreement on behalf of the MPS by
email. The MPS accepts no responsibility for unauthorised agreements
reached with other employees or agents. The security of this email and
any attachments cannot be guaranteed. Email messages are routinely scanned
but malicious software infection and corruption of content can still occur
during transmission over the Internet. Any views or opinions expressed in
this communication are solely those of the author and do not necessarily
represent those of the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). The MPS has a
strict staff conduct policy. Any email that causes you concern should be
reported via the Contacts section on the official MPS Website at
[1]www.met.police.uk

References

Visible links
1. http://www.met.police.uk/

James Newman left an annotation ()

Claims police stopped hospital access are disproved
The MPS Directorate of Professional Standards [DPS] has investigated claims that police denied a 20-year-old man, injured during the student protest of 9 December 2010, access to a hospital where injured officers were being treated.

The investigation has found police played no part in denying the man access to the hospital and the claims have subsequently been disproved. The matter was between London Ambulance Service staff.

We have informed the family's solicitor of our finding. The DPS investigated the claims that officers denied the man access to the hospital, in response to widespread media coverage. To date, no complaint has been received.

Commander Mark Simmons, head of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "This claim has been thoroughly investigated, and subsequently disproved.

"The investigation was carried out in line with the MPS commitment to ensure that anyone found to fall below the very highest standards of professional behaviour is dealt with appropriately.

"In the same way we would publicise if officers have been found to fall the below high standards required, it is only right that where allegations against police are disproven, we update on it."

http://cms.met.police.uk/news/major_oper...

David Hansen left an annotation ()

The police investigated themselves and decided that they had not done anything wrong.

Now there's a surprise.

Looking for an EU Authority?

You can request documents directly from EU Institutions at our sister site AskTheEU.org . Find out more .

AskTheEU.org