Dear General Medical Council,
Please provide a list showing the amount of complaints against doctors regarding child abuse or exploitation of children, from 2009 until present date.
Please include doctors deceased, no longer registered, struck off, retired, or not currently practicing.
I understand you have previously released information naming doctors who were the most investigated doctors, regardless of whether those investigations were upheld, so please provide a list of all doctors who have received the highest number of GMC complaints regarding child abuse or the exploitation of children. This information is in the public interest to determine the extent of the epidemic of child sexual abuse in the United Kingdom.
I would like the information to include:
1 - Number of doctors each staff member complained about
2 - The name of the establishment where the alleged abuse occurred and name of the organisation that manages the establishment.
3 - Clinical specialty/specialties of the doctor eg surgeon, paediatrician, psychiatrist etc.
4 - NHS trust or private practice area of that doctor and registration number.
5 - Number of complaints made by that person (if a single complaint includes requesting the investigation of several doctors please count this as one complaint if possible - but please indicate the number of doctors involved).
6 - Number of fitness for practice headings resulting from these complaints and type of sanctions resulting from complaints, and the number of complaints dismissed without GMC investigation / investigation deemed not necessary and subsequent criminal investigations that occurred because of the investigation/hearings.
7 - Date of first complaint filed since 2009 for each of the filed complaints.
8 - Any information on possible retaliatory counter-complaints eg the complainant lodges a complaint about a doctor, then the doctor then files a complaint about the person who reported them to the gmc/police/social services.
9 - Whether any doctor has had a warning, sanction, or restriction etc for harassing and/or excessively or maliciously making a series of unfounded complaints about patients who've alleged child abuse or exploitation, and if so how many.
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Dear Mr Hall,
Your information request - IR1-2490655480
Thank you for your email dated 25 October, in which you ask for a list of
complaints against doctors regarding child abuse or exploitation of
children from 2009 until present date with a breakdown of information for
I’m sorry for the delay in acknowledging your request, this is due to a
significant amount of requests being received.
How we will consider your request
You’ve asked that we consider your request under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond,
but we’ll come back to you as soon as we can.
Who to contact
Sadie Jones will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can call her on 0161 250 6889 or email her at [email address].
Information Access Team Assistant
0161 240 8356
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Dear Mr Hall
Your information access request – IR1-2490655480
Thank you for your email dated 25 October asking for information in
relation to child abuse and exploitation. I’ve considered your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).
I can’t provide the information you requested, this is because of the
amount of data you’ve asked for and the work that would be involved to
extract the information requested. Under the FOIA there’s an exemption for
requests where it would cost the public authority more than £450 to
process - equivalent to two and half days’ work.
The cost of your request
To estimate the cost we can take into account determining, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information requested.
In order to breakdown the allegations of child abuse and child
exploitation, we would need to manually check through all allegation
categories where these cases may be logged, this is because we do not have
specific allegation categories for ‘child abuse’ or ‘child exploitation.
We’ve checked our systems for cases closed between 1 January 2009 and 25
October 2019, and there have been 1,970; where the complaint could relate
to child abuse or exploitation. In order to identify the victim, I would
have to look into each complaint. You have also asked for a significant
amount of information about each complaint and other related complaints
and in order to gather this information for each complaint, I believe this
would take around 30 minutes per complaint; 985 hours in total. Based on
an hourly rate of £25 per hour (which is set by the Freedom of Information
(Fees and Appropriate Limit) Regulations 2004) this would cost us £24,625.
This would therefore cost us significantly in excess of the ‘appropriate
limit’ to process.
Under the FOIA, the specific exemption which we believe applies is at
section 12. This states that we are not required to comply with a request
if we estimate that the cost of doing so would exceed the appropriate
Advice and assistance
I’ve conducted some further analysis to see if there is a way to refine
the parameters of your request to bring it within the costs limit.
Unfortunately even providing one years’ worth of data would exceed the
Your right to appeal
I'm sorry I couldn’t provide the information you requested. If you would
like to appeal this decision to Julian Graves, Information Access Manager,
please set out your reasons in writing to [GMC request email]. Please note
that we will only usually consider appeals received within 40 working days
of our response. You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner, the
regulator of the FOIA and DPA.
Information Access Officer
0161 250 6889
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
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