Government study on the effects of brexit on the NHS

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Tracey Simpson-Laing

Dear Department of Health,

I understand from numerous articles in the UK national media that a number of studies (50 in total) have been undertaken in to the effects of Brexit on a number of UK institutions including the NHS. It is then clear that the Secretary of State for Health and senior civil servants in your department have possession of these documents.

As these documents have been paid fro with 'tax payers' money it is then my right as a tax payer to view the said documents that I have paid for and so that I can understand the consequences of the contents on my future health and use of the NHS.

Whilst I understand that you may wish to refuse this request for a number of reasons I would note that providing me with the said document(s) either through posting on this FOI portal or through publication on your own website will mean that you will not be able to cite 'FOIA Section 12 Exemption' as it will neither exceed the time or the cost.

I wold also note that the information is not confidential, it is a matter of public record and concern and in law my rights under the Convention of Human Rights to know how my health may be effected by the state.

To conclude, I am requesting the following - all documents between 1st May 2015 and the 31st August 2017 with regards to effects of Brexit on the NHS services in the UK.

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Simpson-Laing

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Dear Ms Simpson-Laing

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: 1096579 ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Tracey Simpson-Laing

Dear Department of Health and Dorothy

You asked me to clarify the following:
So that I can provide you with the right information, please can you clarify which documents 
you are referring to, because it is not clear to us what these 50 studies are, nor is it clear to 
us who/which Department they were commissioned by? If you are able to give us more 
specific details of these studies and documents, then we may be able to continue to process 
your request. However, please be aware that we cannot guarantee at this stage that a 
clarified request will fall within the FOIA cost limit, or that other exemptions will not apply.  

As you will note from the below link I am referring to:
'Brexit minister David Jones confirmed in a letter that the Department for Exiting the European Union had “conducted analysis of over 50 sector of the economy”.
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/pol...

I would note that these studied have been paid for by my taxes and the contents of the report could lead to a detriment effect to my health. To continue to deny access to the public is withholding information.

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Simpson-Laing

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the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
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Dear Ms Simpson-Laing

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: 1100307 ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Dorothy Crowe 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Tracey Simpson-Laing

Dear Department of Health,

I am requesting an internal review as I am not satisfied with the handling of my request - reports in the media have been very clear that each department minster has been briefed on the documents; your reply is just a deflection to seek time.

I will also be taking up this issue with the ICO.

Yours faithfully,

Tracey Simpson-Laing

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health

Dear Ms Simpson-Laing,

You internal review request was previously allocated to a colleague but due to staffing issues has been escalated to me to complete. I will aim to do so within 20 working days.

I apologise for the delay incurred to date in dealing with your request.

Kind regards,
James

James Shewbridge
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health
39 Victoria St
London SW1H 0EU

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Tracey Simpson-Laing left an annotation ()

Amazing.

It has taken a MONTH just to rely to the request for internal review due to workloads.

Tracey Simpson-Laing

Dear James,
I look forward to your reply by the 6th January 2018

Yours sincerely,

Tracey Simpson-Laing

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