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Don't we as NHS patients & funders deserve to have health statistics compiled & released in compliance with RSS & UKSA practices?

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Dear NHS England,

In light of the recent downgrading of police crime statistics by UKSA and the BBC Radio 4 'File On 4' episode "Deadly Hospitals?" last Tuesday (25th Feb 14)..
http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radi...
..please provide the following 11 dates:

[1] By what date will appropriate, sufficient, monitored & verified safeguards have been put in place to ensure that all health statistics released to the media (by public or private or hybrid organisations) relating to the NHS are compliant with the The Royal Statistical Society 'Code of Conduct' [RSS^] and the UK Statistics Authority 'Code of Practice' for official statistics [UKSA*]?

In particular:

[2] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
RSS^ (^source below) - Rules of Professional Conduct
"5. Fellows shall not purport to exercise independent judgement on behalf of a client on any product or service in which they knowingly have any interest, financial or otherwise.
6. Fellows should NOT ALLOW any misleading summary of data to be issued in their name.." [my caps] "..Views or opinions based on..belief should be clearly distinguished from views or opinions derived from the statistical analyses being reported."

{Note: "13,000 died needlessly" headline, unchallenged by its source (DFI, Doctor Foster Intelligence) after publication. References:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/heal-o...
http://www.bmj.com/content/347/bmj.f5775...
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/...
http://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/...
http://understandinguncertainty.org/comp...

[3] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* (*further below) page 3 - Preamble
"vi. It is also consistent with the Civil Service core values of integrity..
• Integrity – putting the public interest above organisational, political or personal interests."

[4] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* page6 - Principle 2: Impartiality and objectivity
"2. Present statistics impartially and objectively"

[5] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p6 - Principle 2: Impartiality and objectivity
"7. Correct errors discovered in statistical reports, and alert stakeholders, promptly."

{For definition of 'statistical report', see:
UKSA* p4 - Preamble (cont'd)
"xiv. The Code uses the following terminology.
• statistical report – means any statistical output, including any associated commentary and metadata"}

[6] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p7 - Principle 3: Integrity
"1. Issue statistical reports separately from any other statement or comment about the figures.."

[7] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p7 - Principle 3: Integrity
"1. ..ensure that no statement or comment – based on prior knowledge – is issued to the press or published ahead of the publication of the statistics."

[8] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p7 - Principle 3: Integrity
"6. Implement controls to ensure that individuals do not abuse the trust placed in them for personal gain."

[9] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p11 - Principle 7: Resources
"6. Ensure that appropriately skilled people are employed in the statistical production process"

[10] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p14 - Protocol 2: Release practices
"8. Ensure that no indication of the substance of a statistical report is made public, or given to the media or any other party not recorded as eligible for access before publication"

[11] By what date will NHS statistics comply with..
UKSA* p15 - Protocol 3: The use of administrative sources for statistical purposes
"4. Ensure that no action is taken within the producer body, or public statement made, that might undermine confidence in the independence of the statistics when released."

Thank you
Yours faithfully,
Rob McMullen

^ RSS: The Royal Statistical Society 'Code of Conduct'
https://www.rss.org.uk/uploadedfiles/doc...

* UKSA: UK Statistics Authority 'Code of Practice' for official statistics, http://www.statisticsauthority.gov.uk/as...

Contactus England (HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE INFORMATION CENTRE), NHS England

Thank you for contacting NHS England.

 

Your Freedom of Information (FOI) request, which we received on 27
February 2014 has been allocated a reference number of SDR 218915.  Please
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FOI England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Mr McMullen,

 

Our reference: SDR-218915 - Acknowledgement

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 27 February
2014.

 

Please be assured that your request is being dealt with under the terms of
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Adam Grindrod

Freedom of Information

NHS England

 

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Email: [2][email address]

Website: [3]www.england.nhs.uk

Address: NHS England, PO Box 16738, REDDITCH, B97 9PT

 

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FOI England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Mr McMullen,

 

Re:      Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: SDR-218915)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 27 February
2014.

 

Your exact request was:-

 

[1] By what date will appropriate, sufficient, monitored & verified
safeguards have been put in place to ensure that all health statistics
released to the media (by public or private or hybrid organisations)
relating to the NHS are compliant with the The Royal Statistical Society
'Code of Conduct' [RSS^] and the UK Statistics Authority 'Code of
Practice' for official statistics [UKSA]?

 

[2] By what date will NHS statistics comply with RSS - Rules of
Professional Conduct?

 

[3] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA page 3 – Preamble

 

[4] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA page 6 - Principle
2: Impartiality and objectivity - "2. Present statistics impartially and
objectively"

 

[5] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p6 - Principle 2:
Impartiality and objectivity - "7. Correct errors discovered in
statistical reports, and alert stakeholders, promptly."

 

[6] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p7 - Principle 3:
Integrity - "1. Issue statistical reports separately from any other
statement or comment about the figures."

 

[7] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p7 - Principle 3:
Integrity - "1. Ensure that no statement or comment – based on prior
knowledge – is issued to the press or published ahead of the publication
of the statistics."

 

[8] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p7 - Principle 3:
Integrity - "6. Implement controls to ensure that individuals do not abuse
the trust placed in them for personal gain."

 

[9] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p11 - Principle 7:
Resources

 

[10] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p14 - Protocol 2:
Release practices

 

[11] By what date will NHS statistics comply with UKSA p15 - Protocol 3:
The use of administrative sources for statistical purposes”          

 

NHS England holds some information relevant to your request. However, as
the information held is in the public domain, we will under Section 21 of
the FOI Act (information accessible to the applicant by other means) refer
you to the published source.

 

NHS England, as an Arms-Length Body of the Department of Health, is
defined as a producer body of official statistics. As a producer body it
is governed by and complies with the Code of Practice for Official
Statistics.

 

Statistics produced by NHS England are available at:

 

[1]http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/

 

Details about code compliance are available at:

 

[2]http://www.england.nhs.uk/statistics/cod...

 

You may also wish to submit this request to the Health and Social Care
Information Centre (HSCIC) and the Department of Health who also publish a
large amount of NHS statistics. Please find their respective contact
details below:

HSCIC
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane
Leeds
LS1 6AE

E-Mail: [3][email address]

 

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries Unit
Department of Health
Richmond House
79 Whitehall
London
SW1A 2NS
Website: [4]http://www.info.doh.gov.uk/contactus.nsf...

 

I hope this information is helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied, you
have the right to ask for an internal review by writing to us, within two
months of the date of this letter, to:

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Email: [5][email address]

 

Please quote the reference number SDR-218915 in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

K9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Email: [6][email address].uk  

Website: [7]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Please note there is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Please do not reply directly to this email. This message has been sent
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Yours sincerely,

 

Adam Grindrod

Customer Contact Centre Case Officer

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [8][email address]

 

 

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