Dear General Medical Council,
I would like be advised of the names of GP's who have received legacies from a Patient's will to the sum of £5,000 or more from 2010 onwards. I would also like the information on what GP's have refused legacies on advice of the GMC .
Please break this information down into GP's in England, Wales and Scotland respectively.
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Thank you for your email which I have considered under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000.
I sorry but I am not able to provide an answer to your request.
In the first instance, the GMC does not require doctors to inform us if
they have received or are due to receive a legacy from a patient's will,
therefore we would not have any robust data on this issue.
Secondly, in relation to the above point and especially regarding any
advice we have given to doctors about accepting legacies, in order to find
out if we have given any advice to doctors which falls in the scope of
your request, we would have to manually search the record of every doctor
who we hold data on. Under the FOIA there’s an exemption for requests
where it would cost a public authority more than £450 (the ‘appropriate
limit’) to process - equivalent to two and half days’ work.
To estimate the cost we can take into account determining, locating,
retrieving and extracting the information requested. As of the date of
this email there are 289,943 doctors on the Medical Register. If it took
10 seconds search per doctor ( and it would likely take longer) this
equates to over 800 hours work, which would exceed the appropriate limit.
Thirdly, while I am not making a formal decision on this point, the names
of any specific doctors where we have information which falls into the
scope of your request would in my view likely be exempt as it seems
unlikely that the conditions at Article 6 of the GDPR, which are about
the lawfulness of processing data, are not met and therefore giving you
the information would be unlawful.
Your right to appeal
I'm sorry I couldn’t provide the information you requested. You can appeal
against this decision to Elizabeth Hiley, Information Access Manager. If
you want to appeal, please set out your reasons and email
You can also appeal to the Information Commissioner, the regulator of the
FOIA – we can provide more details about this if you need them.
Information Access Officer
Information Access Team
General Medical Council
3 Hardman Street
Email: [email address]
Tel: 0161 923 6579
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