FoI info requests re Prescription Charge Increase

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Dear Department of Health,

What is the total, net of various administration costs, contribution of a) prescription charges and b) dental charges to the NHS? Please provide a breakdown of total costs and various necessary fees and deductions used to arrive at net.

What assessment was made on the impact of change... please provide it.

What proportion of the population have received pay increases "broadly in line with inflation"? Specifically what proportion of nurses directly emoyed by the NHS have received such an increase?

Please confirm what inflation rate was Mr Dunne using in his statement.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Durcan

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Dear Mr Durcan

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: FOI-1081289 ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Freedom of Information Request Reference FOI 1081289

Yes, indeed the statement you suggest - I'm somewhat at a loss as to why your FoIA "duty of helpfulness" did not cause you to answer the majority of the questions that did not require positive identification of the statement. Funny how you were able to identify it yourselves, but not make the association unaided - the answer is trivial, cheaper to answer your assumed question than to ask for clarification. Transparency is supposed to be openness, not giving the impression anybody can see through you. If it were worth the effort, I would complain to ICO about your lack of helpfulness.

Not for the first time - unimpressed!

Yours faithfully,

Matt Durcan

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Dear Department of Health,

Still waiting for my trivial FoIA response - if you really don't have the answer it is quite shocking. Not sure how you will manage Brexit if you cannot answer a few simple questions that must have been, possibly unused, in the Minister's brief.

I sincerely hope you have migrated off MS/DOS!

Yours faithfully,

Matt Durcan

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Dear Mr Durcan,

I apologise for the time it has taken to deal with your request.

I understand the response is still being worked on and we will aim to respond as soon as possible, or by the 7 June 2017 at the latest.

Thanks,
Harish

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Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health, Room G18, Richmond House,
79 Whitehall, SW1A 2NS
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Dear Mr Durcan

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: 1085083 ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

Thank you for the response, which appears to meet all statutory requirements. I consider the FoI process completed satisfactorily.

However there are some unsatisfactory conclusions to be drawn from it.

Mr Dunne is a DoH Minister and one must therefore assume that his knowledge of fact does not exceed that of his Department, which one could describe euphemistically as "THIN". On that basis - it would appear that there was remarkably little fact or information behind his Parliamentary statement, and it was a shot - from rather than in - the dark.

With respect to the offered Impact Analysis - increasing charges may be a saving to the Treasury - but certainly isn't an efficiency measure - so this is rather a shockingly inappropriate document, which fails to address its basic objective.

I am continually amazed at the lack of simple management information or coherent management within the Health space.

Yours faithfully,

Matt Durcan

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