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Doctor Historic Complaints and Conduct

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Dear General Medical Council,

I am seeking information in relation to a Peadatrician named Sarra Ahmed.

I would like to know the following:

1. How many complaints has been made against the doctor either informally or formally?

2. Have any of these ever been investigated?

3. What was the nature of these complaints?

4. Were any of these complaints upheld?

5. How do I make a formal complaint about a doctors conduct?

Yours faithfully,

Charlene Locke

FOI, General Medical Council

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Dear Ms Locke,

 

Your information request – IR1-2760338560

Thank you for your email dated 30 July, in which you ask for information
in relation to any complaints against Dr Sarra Ahmed.

 

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

Mark Ellen will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can contact him via email at [1][email address].

 

Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant

 

[email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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Mark Ellen (0161 923 6347), General Medical Council

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Dear Ms Locke

 

Reference: IR1-2760338560

 

Thank you for your e-mail of 30 July 2020 in which you ask for information
regarding complaints in respect of Dr Sarra Ahmed. I believe that your
enquiry relates to the doctor with the GMC number of 6098500.  

 

Information we can provide

 

Publicly available information about a doctor’s registration is on our
List of Registered Medical Practitioners (LRMP), which can be found on our
website: [1]www.gmc-uk.org. The LRMP lets you check a doctor’s
registration status and information about a doctor’s fitness to practise
history. 

 

Information we can’t provide

 

We believe it’s reasonable for doctors and complainants to expect that
complaints will be treated as confidential. If a case progresses to a
public hearing, or the doctor receives a sanction on their registration,
certain information may be made publicly available by the GMC. Otherwise
the information is treated as the confidential personal data of the doctor
and other parties involved. We have a publication and disclosure policy in
place in relation to fitness to practise information:
[2]https://www.gmc-uk.org/-/media/documents...

 

Dr Ahmed has not been the subject of a public hearing and there is no
further information I can provide regarding her.

 

o The existence of any other complaint information relating to Dr Ahmed

 

I can’t confirm whether we hold information about any other complaints
regarding Dr Ahmed because it would breach data protection legislation to
do so. The exemption at section 40(5)(B)(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 any
complaints would breach the first principle, which requires that the
processing of personal data is fair, lawful 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 confirming whether or not any complaints
are held would be unlawful.

 

If you wish to appeal against my decision in respect of the information
you have asked for, please set out your reasons in writing to
[3][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 [4]Information Commissioner, the regulator of the FOIA.

 

Finally, information about how to make a complaint about a doctor can be
found on our website, at this link:
[5]https://www.gmc-uk.org/concerns/raise-a-...

 

Kind regards

Mark Ellen

 

 

 

Mark Ellen
Information Access Team
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Manchester  M3 3AW
Direct Line: 0161 923 6347

 

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