Evidence of Chief Medical Officer statement on Novichok

Waiting for an internal review by Department of Health and Social Care of their handling of this request.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

The Cheif Medical Officer, Professor Dame Sally Davies stated "As the country’s chief medical officer, I want to reassure the public that the risk to the general public remains low." to the press and members of public.

Under the freedom of information act,

How did the CMO come to the conclusion that there is a low risk to the general public?

Does the DHSC hold any evidence to suggest that there is residue novichok remaining in the Wiltshire area, particularly in Salisbury and Amesbury? If so, please publish this evidence.

Can the DHSC and CMO confirm that they have evidence to show there is a 'low risk' of being affected by Novichok?

Can the DHSC provide evidence to validate the statement that suggests that the risk of being affected by Novichok is low?

Can the CMO/DHSC publish correspondence they have had between themselves Dstl Porton Down, Wiltshire Police, Salisbury District Hospital, South West Ambulance Service regarding Novichok in the Amesbury incident (July 2018) and the Salisbury incident (March 2018)?

Yours faithfully,
Saifur Rahman

Thank you for contacting the Department of Health. Please note that
queries are only monitored between 9am and 5pm Monday to Friday.  This is
an acknowledgement - please do not reply to this email.

If you require medical treatment please dial 111, visit [1]NHS Choices, or
contact your GP surgery. For emergencies please dial 999. The Department
cannot provide clinical advice.

Where a reply is appropriate, we aim to respond within 18 working days, or
20 working days if your query is a Freedom of Information request or
complaint.

If you have contacted the Department of Health about a current health or
social care campaign, please visit the [2]Gov.uk where a response may have
been published. You may also find it helpful to refer to  the Department
of Health's [3]what we do section.
Please note that the Department of Health does not handle complaints about
the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider,
please visit the [4]complaints procedure page on Gov.uk.
You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from
our [5]Personal Information Charter.

show quoted sections

Please note: Incoming and outgoing email messages are routinely monitored
for compliance with our policy on the use of electronic communications.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

This email was scanned by the Symantec virus scanning service and was
certified virus free.
Communications may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for
legal purposes.

References

Visible links
1. http://www.nhs.uk/
2. https://www.gov.uk/government/announceme...
3. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...
4. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...
5. https://www.gov.uk/government/organisati...

1 Attachment

Dear Mr Rahman

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1139888  ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

-------------------------------------------------------------

Please do not reply to this email. To contact the Department of Health and
Social Care, please visit the Contact DHSC section on www.gov.uk/dh

show quoted sections

Please note: Incoming and outgoing email messages are routinely monitored
for compliance with our policy on the use of electronic communications.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------

This email was scanned by the Symantec virus scanning service and was
certified virus free.
Communications may be automatically logged, monitored and/or recorded for
legal purposes.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Evidence of Chief Medical Officer statement on Novichok'.

As per the section 31(a) exemption, I haven't received an explanation as to how this would cause harm or the likelihood thereon to Wiltshire Police if information of risk of Novichok exposure were to be released.

The public authority needs to state if disclosing the information "would prejudice" or "would be likely to prejudice with significant harm" or not prejudice at all.

As for the national security exemption, I understand that Britain needs to protect itself from terrorism and other serious threats but residents of Wiltshire are concerned about being adversely affected by possible residue novichok still remaining in the area. I believe there is greater public interest in disclosing the information for public health reasons.

If there are anything that is classified, this can be partially exempted but information that doesn't harm national security should be published.

Surely the public should have a right to know if they are at risk from being affected by the nerve agent and to see the evidence of the statement made by the CMO?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/e...

Yours faithfully,

Saifur Rahman

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Can you confirm that an internal review of the freedom of information request "Evidence of Chief Medical Officer statement on Novichok" is still taking place? It has exceeded 40 working days since the request for an internal review.

Yours faithfully,

Saifur Rahman

Looking for an EU Authority?

You can request documents directly from EU Institutions at our sister site AskTheEU.org . Find out more .

AskTheEU.org