Sue Hamilton-White

Dear General Medical Council,
Please let me know if any complaints have been made against this GP (retired but registered)
Dr. Keith Richard Thomson, reg. no. 2881735

Yours faithfully,

Sue Hamilton-White

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Ms Hamilton-White,

Your information request - F19/10340/SW

Thank you for your email dated 21 August, in which you ask to know if any
complaints have been made against Dr Keith Richard Thomson (2881735).

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Simon Willis will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can call him on 0161 923 6310 or email him at [1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe
Information Access Team Assistant

 

[2][email address]

0161 240 8356

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

 

 

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Simon Willis (0161 923 6310), General Medical Council

Dear Ms Hamilton-White,

 

YOUR INFORMATION ACCESS REQUEST – F19/10340/SW

 

Thank you for your email of 21 August 2019. You have asked as follows:

 

“Please let me know if any complaints have been made against this GP
(retired but registered) Dr. Keith Richard Thomson, reg. no. 2881735”

 

I’ve considered your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA).

 

I can’t confirm whether we have received any complaints about Dr Thomson
because it would breach the data protection legislation to do so.

 

We believe it’s reasonable for doctors and complainants to expect that
complaints will be treated as confidential. If a doctor is referred to a
public hearing or receives a sanction on her or his registration, certain
information may be published. Otherwise the information is treated as the
confidential personal data of the doctor and other parties involved. I’ve
given details of the exemption under the FOIA which applies below.

 

THE EXEMPTION

 

Section 40(5B)(a)(i) of the FOIA applies where the information, if held,
would be the personal data of a third party and where confirming whether
it’s held would breach any of the principles relating to the processing of
personal data listed at Article 5 of the GDPR.  I believe that to publicly
confirm or deny whether we hold the information would breach the first
principle, which requires that the processing of personal data is lawful,
fair and transparent. I do not believe that any of the legal bases for
processing listed at Article 6 of the GDPR are met and therefore giving
you the information would be unlawful.

 

YOUR RIGHT TO APPEAL

 

I'm sorry I couldn’t provide the information you requested. If you would
like to appeal this decision, please write to the Information Access
Manager at [1][GMC request email]. Please note that we will only usually
consider appeals received within 40 working days of our response. You can
also appeal to the Information Commissioner, the regulator of FOIA at:

 

Customer Contact

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Simon Willis

Information Access Officer

Resources Directorate

 

 

 

 

From: FOI
Sent: 21 August 2019 16:17
To: '[FOI #598398 email]'
<[FOI #598398 email]>
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Complaints against a GP

 

Dear Ms Hamilton-White,

Your information request - F19/10340/SW

Thank you for your email dated 21 August, in which you ask to know if any
complaints have been made against Dr Keith Richard Thomson (2881735).

 

How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.

 

Who to contact

Simon Willis will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can call him on 0161 923 6310 or email him at [2][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe
Information Access Team Assistant

 

[3][email address]

0161 240 8356

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

 

 

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