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Disciplinary proceedings over NHS staff using social media or instant messaging apps

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Dear Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

I am writing with a request under the Freedom of Information Act. I would like this information for the calendar year to date, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014 and 2013.

Please can you tell me:

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of instant messaging apps (e.g. WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat)?

*How many people working at the trust have been subject to disciplinary proceedings for their use of social media (e.g. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram)?

*Please tell me, for each case, the job title of the staff member concerned (e.g. junior doctor, consultant, nurse, administrative staff) and which sanctions were applied (e.g. dismissal, formal warning, referral to professional regulator).

I would prefer to receive the information electronically, and in either Excel or CSV format.

Should this request be likely to breach the costs limit set out in section 12 of the FOI Act, I would like the information for the most recent calendar years in turn, going backwards until the cost limit is reached.

Yours faithfully,

Kat Lay
Health Correspondent
The Times
020 7782 5054 // 07775 694 789

FOILeads (RC9) Luton & Dunstable Hospital FT, Luton and Dunstable Hospital

Dear Kat

Thank you for your request for information which will be processed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will aim to provide you with the requested information within the legal deadline.

The request is subject to any exemption which the Trust is entitled to apply, some of which are absolute and some of which only apply where the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs that in disclosing the information.

Once the information has been identified the Trust may also ask that a fee be paid for processing and delivering the information to you. Details of any fee to be charged will be notified to you as soon as possible.

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should be marked private & confidential and sent to the Freedom of Information Lead. Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton, Beds, LU4 0DZ or emailed to the address above.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team.

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Dear Kat

I am writing in respect of your enquiry below for information held by the Trust.  Your request has been handled under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please find our response attached.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting.

Most documents supplied by Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust will have been produced by government officials and will be Crown Copyright. You can find details on the arrangements for re-using Crown Copyright on HMSOnline at: http://www.hmso.gov.uk/copyright/licence...

Information you receive which is not subject to Crown Copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any third party (non Crown Copyright) information.

If for whatever reason you are unhappy with our response you are entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the Trust’s Complaints Procedure. The Trust's Complaints Officer can be contacted by writing to Patient Affairs. Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton, Beds, LU4 0DZ. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by Luton and Dunstable Hospital Foundation Trust.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely
Freedom of Information Team

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