E Jun - Oct Corr

JJ Evans made this Freedom of Information request to Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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The request was partially successful.

Dear Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust,

Under FOI, I am requesting the following information:

a) Copies of emails and other correspondence between the Haemophilia Centre Director and other members of staff, during the period 24th June 2019 - 31st October 2019, that relate to: Infected Blood / Infected Blood Products / Infected Blood Inquiry / Contaminated Blood

Yours faithfully,

JJ Evans

FOI, Rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Evans

Thank you for your request under the Freedom of Information Act. The reference for this request is noted in the subject header above.

You will receive a response from us within 20 working days of receipt or an explanation as to why this is not possible. If your request is outside the scope of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we will advise you accordingly.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Royal Free London Group Headquarters

Anne Bryans House

77 Fleet Road

London NW3 2QH

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
                               
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

 

 

Dear Mr Evans

 

Thank you for submitting a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.  Please find the response below. This response
covers the hospitals and services managed by the Royal Free London NHS
Foundation Trust, namely the Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and
Chase Farm Hospital and associated group services.  

 

Your question

a) Copies of emails and other correspondence between the Haemophilia
Centre Director and other members of staff, during the period 24th June
2019 - 31st October 2019, that relate to: Infected Blood / Infected Blood
Products / Infected Blood Inquiry / Contaminated Blood.

 

The response

We can confirm that the trust holds information which falls within the
scope of your request.

 

There is email correspondence between the centre director and the trust's
head of legal services (solicitor), in his professional capacity as legal
advisor to the trust, which the trust considers exempt under s. 42 (legal
professional privilege).  In considering the application of this exemption
the trust have taken into account the ICO’s Guidance on ‘Legal
professional privilege’ which can be accessed via the following link: 
[2]https://ico.org.uk/media/for-organisatio....

 

Section 42 is subject to a public interest test but we consider that there
is a strong argument that the trust should be free to take legal advice
from its lawyers, including its own head of legal services.  We consider
therefore that the public interest test strongly favours withholding the
information.

 

There are also emails relating to your previous requests under the Freedom
of Information Act - reference  FOI 19/221.  Clearly you will already have
a copy of your original requests and our replies. 

 

Open Government License

The trust allows you to reuse this information under the Open Government
License found at the following [3]link. 

 

 

Your appeal rights

 

I hope that this response deals with your enquiry to your satisfaction,
however if not you have two options:

 

o If you do not feel that we have provided you with the information you
requested, you may contact us again and state what information you
still require.  However if you ask for additional and/or different
information this will be dealt with as a new request.

 

o All applicants have the right of appeal and can request an internal
review.  The internal review must be focused on the original request
and should identify how the trust’s response failed to answer your
information request and explain what you would like us to review. 
Appeals should be made in writing, within 40 working days of the date
of the response, and addressed to Ms Emma Kearney, chief
communications officer, Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust at
[4][email address]

 

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner.  The contact details are: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see [5]www.ico.org.uk

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Alison Macdonald

Board Secretary

 

 

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Dear Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'E Jun - Oct Corr'.

It is my belief that not all of the information you hold within scope of this request can be classified as falling under s42 and I would ask that all other information be released, but that which is subject to s42 is redacted.

Yours faithfully,

JJ Evans

FOI, Rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Evans

We confirm receipt of your follow up query and will respond as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,
Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Evans

Further to our email acknowledgement, we have not commenced a formal internal review of your request, rather we are reviewing the emails as you requested to identify whether there is material to which Section 42 does not apply; we will then provide you with any such material identified. This work is in hand and we will respond to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear FOI, Rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST),

Do you have an update please?

Yours sincerely,

JJ Evans

FOI, Rf (ROYAL FREE LONDON NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Evans

Thank you for your email. This work is still in progresss. We will endeavour to complete this by 30 January 2020 and will provide you with a response or an update if this is not possible.

We apologise for this further delay.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Evans

Further to our email below, we regret that we will not be in a position to provide you with the final response today. We are near to completing the work and should be in a position to respond by 4 February. We apologise for this further delay.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Evans

Further to our emails below, we regret that there will be a further delay in providing you with the final response. We should be in a position to respond by 7 February and we sincerely apologise that we were unable to respond today as we had anticipated.

Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Team
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Evans

 

Further to your request for an internal review, as previously advised to
you, rather than moving immediately to the internal review process, we
have looked again at the emails between the haemophilia centre director
and other members of staff, during the period 24th June 2019 - 31st
October 2019, that relate to: Infected Blood / Infected Blood Products /
Infected Blood Inquiry / Contaminated Blood.  We have excluded calendar
notifications.

 

Through this process we have identified 28 email trails (having removed
duplicated emails).  We have identified five which do not involve the
trust's external or internal legal advisers and we therefore enclose
these, redacted to exclude personal data.  As stated in our previous reply
there are also emails relating to your FOI request.

 

With reference to the remaining 23 email trails, these all involve direct
correspondence between the trust's legal advisers, head and deputy head of
legal services and trust staff and relate to various matters relating to
the trust's involvement in the Infected Blood Inquiry (for example
location of relevant documents and production of statements).  Legal
advice and comment is intrinsic to these documents and it is therefore our
view that section 42 is appropriately applied to the vast majority of the
content.  If we provide you with the documents redacted to exclude content
covered by section 42 and section 40 (personal data) all that will be left
will be administrative matters such as meeting dates and times and venues
and our view is that the time it would take to redact the documents is
disproportionate to the public interest or value that they will have. 

 

We are sorry that this process has taken some time, but hope you will
appreciate the volume of material requiring review.

 

Your appeal rights

 

I hope that this response deals with your enquiry to your satisfaction,
however if not you have two options:

 

• If you do not feel that we have provided you with the information you
requested, you may contact us again and state what information you still
require.  However if you ask for additional and/or different information
this will be dealt with as a new request.

 

• All applicants have the right of appeal and can request an internal
review.  The internal review must be focused on the original request and
should identify how the trust’s response failed to answer your information
request and explain what you would like us to review.  Appeals should be
made in writing, within 40 working days of the date of the response, and
addressed to Ms Emma Kearney, chief communications officer, Royal Free
London NHS Foundation Trust at [1][email address] .

 

If you are not satisfied with the internal review, you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner.  The contact details are: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, telephone 01625 545 700 or see [2]www.ico.org.uk

 

 

Open Government License

The trust allows you to reuse this information under the Open Government
License found at the following link. 

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Alison Macdonald

Board Secretary

 

 

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