FOI requests for datasets from HES or

Dr Neil Bhatia made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Digital

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Dear Health and Social Care Information Centre,

Thank you very much for all your previous FOI responses.

I would like to make a further request under the FOI Act.

For the purposes of the Act, please take the date of your receipt of this request as 10th March 2014.

Please could you provide me with any and all internal guidance or protocols that you hold as regards responding to FOI requests for data currently held as HES, or due to be held under the programme, with reference to either:

• HES data (that you already hold), or
• GP information due to be obtained via upload from GP systems (in the Autumn), or
• forthcoming combined, linked CES data (following GP data upload)

and where information by any individual or organisation is requested:

• as aggregated or anonymised, both of which you refer to as "green" data, and
• as a dataset, as per section 102 of the Protection of Freedoms Act 2012, allowing "re-use"

As per Section 1(4) of the FOI Act
( ) I would like the information in question held at the time when my request is received (draft or otherwise), except that account may be taken of any amendment or deletion made between now and the latest time by which the information is to be communicated to me, being an amendment or deletion that would have been made regardless of the receipt of my request.

I would be grateful if you would be kind enough to send me the requested information promptly and in any event not later than the twentieth working day following the date of receipt of my request.

I wish to receive the information by email; I believe such a request would be reasonable in these circumstances. As per Section 11 of the FOI Act ( ) I would be grateful if you would "so far as reasonably practicable give effect to that preference"; if you determine that it is not reasonably practicable to comply with this preference then you are required by law to notify me of the reasons for your determination. As per the Act, I have provided you with a valid return address, namely the unique email address that this request originates from.

If my request is denied in whole or in part, or specific items within the responses are withheld from disclosure, then you must justify all deletions by reference to specific exemptions of the act, as per Section 17 of the Act
( ). Where you rely on a qualified exemption to withhold disclosure, you are obliged to consider the public interest in your decision and the refusal notice must explain not only which exemption applies and why, but also the public interest arguments addressed in reaching the decision.

I would be grateful if you would kindly acknowledge receipt of this request as recommended by the ICO (“It would be good practice to acknowledge receipt of requests and to refer to the 20 working day time limit, so that applicants know their request is being dealt with”).

Thank you very much once again.

Yours sincerely,

Dr Neil Bhatia

Enquiries CRM,


Ref: NIC-255548-Q4Q0N




Dear Neil Bhatia,


I am writing to acknowledge that your request for information was received
by The Health and Social Care Information Centre  on (10/03/2014) and is
currently being considered. 

If The HSCIC is able to provide you with the information you have
requested, then under the Freedom of Information (FOI) Act you are
entitled to receive it promptly and in any event no later than the 20th
working day following the date of receipt. However, we may need to contact
you to clarify your request, if this is required we aim to do this
promptly but no later than 7 days after receiving your initial request for


May I take this opportunity to explain the FOI Act in more detail. The Act
provides a 'General right of access to information held by public
authorities. However, it also defines a number of exemptions which may
prevent the release of some or all of the information you have requested.
Therefore, the HSCIC will assess your information request in light of any
relevant exemptions.


If exemptions do apply, then the HSCIC may decide not to release all, or
part, of the information you have requested. I shall inform you if this is
the case, and advise you of your rights of appeal.


If the information you request contains reference to a third party then
they may be consulted prior to a decision being taken as to whether to
release the information to you.


The response to your request will be sent to you by email, however if you
require your response in any other format, please contact me to discuss a
suitable format.


The HSCIC will not normally charge a fee to provide you with the
information you have requested, unless the cost of dealing with your
request is more than £450 as outlined in Section 12 of the FOI Act and
Section 3 of the The FOI and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees)
Regulations 2004. If it appears likely that your request will cost more,
then the HSCIC is able to refuse to supply the information.  As per our
obligations under Section 16 of the FOI Act, every effort will be made to
provide you with details of how you may be able to reframe your request in
order for us to complete the required work within the (£450 / 18 person
hours) cost limit.


If you have any queries or should you wish to make a compliant about the
manner in which your request is being processed then please do not
hesitate to contact me at the above address in the first instance. Any
complaints will be investigated in accordance with the HSCIC complaints


Further information about your rights under the Freedom of Information
Act, is available from the Information Commissioner's Office, Wilmslow,
Cheshire and on the HSCIC's website.


Kind Regards,

Contact Centre Team
Health and Social Care Information Centre
Vantage House
40 Aire Street

0845 300 6016
Email: [1][HSCIC request email]

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Ref: NIC-255548-Q4Q0N

Dear Neil,

Many thanks for your enquiry, please find our full response attached. 

Kind Regards,

Joanne Vause

Contact Centre Team
Health and Social Care Information Centre
1 Trevelyan Square
Boar Lane

0845 300 6016
Email: [1][HSCIC request email]

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