Identity of Assistant Registrar who was responsible for Case Reference E1-1526811858

The request was refused by General Medical Council.

Dear General Medical Council,

This relates to a complaint against Dr Subrata Saha for which an Assistant Registrar made a decision under Rule 12 (2) recently. Please provide the following information concerning the Assistant Registrar:

1)What is the name of this person?

2) What medical qualifications does this person have?

3) Is this person a member of Freemasonry?

4) How many complaint cases has this person reviewed? In how many cases have they found against the doctor concerned?

Yours faithfully,

Jo Harding

FOI, General Medical Council

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Ms Harding

 

Your reference - F17/8965/SJ

 

Thank you for your email which was sent to the General Medical Council via
[1]www.whatdotheyknow.com. This website publishes all requests and
responses online for the general public to see.

 

We will consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000
(FOIA), this allows us 20 working days to provide you with a response.

 

Some of the information that you have requested would be considered as
your personal data, therefore we would not normally consider these
requests under the FOIA. In order to respond to your queries, I think
that it would be useful for you to send your concerns directly to me at
[2][email address] or to my team email, [3][email address], from
your personal email address. This way I will be able to address your
queries using the correct process and help you as much as I can.

 

If you have any queries about this, please contact me on the details
below.

 

Yours sincerely

Sadie Jones

Information Access Officer

[4][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

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Sadie Jones (0161 250 6889), General Medical Council

Dear Ms Harding

 

Your information access request F17/8965/SJ

 

Thank you for your email dated 3 July, which I’ve considered your request
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

 

Under the FOIA, I can’t even confirm whether the reference you have
provided is linked to a GMC complaint. We believe it’s reasonable for
doctors and complainants to expect that complaints will be treated as
confidential. If a case progresses to a public hearing, or the doctor
receives a sanction on their registration, certain information may be made
publicly available by the GMC. Otherwise the information is treated as the
confidential personal data of the doctor and other parties involved,
including information about Assistant Registrars. I’ve given details of
the exemption under the FOIA which applies below.

 

The exemption

 

Section 40(5)(b)(i) of the FOIA applies where the information, if held,
would be the personal data of a third party and where confirming whether
it’s held would breach any principle of the DPA.  I believe that to
publicly confirm or deny whether we hold the information would breach the
first principle of the DPA, which requires that the processing of personal
data is fair and lawful. I believe the conditions in Schedule 2 of the
DPA, which are about the processing of personal information, 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 Julian Graves, Information Access Manager. If you
want to appeal, please set out your reasons and write to him at the above
address or email [1][email address].  You can also appeal to the
Information Commissioner, the regulator of the FOIA and DPA – we can
provide more details about this if you need them.

 

Yours sincerely

Sadie Jones

Information Access Officer

[2][email address]

0161 250 6889

 

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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Dear General Medical Council,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of General Medical Council's handling of my FOI request 'Identity of Assistant Registrar who was responsible for Case Reference E1-1526811858'.

You have refused to provide information which it is in the public interest to know. In addition, the review by the Assistant Registrar was being conducted under the Rule 12 provisions. There is a right to a fair hearing under Article 6 Human Rights Act here. In view of this it is a requirement that the individual's identity is established. It is open to speculation as to why you seek to shroud this in a cloak of secrecy. This is unlawful.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/i...

Yours faithfully,

Jo Harding

FOI, General Medical Council

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We’ll get back to you as soon as we can with a further acknowledgement.
You’ll usually hear from us on the next working day, but it might take a
little longer during busy periods.

 

In the meantime, if you want any further information about the GMC, please
visit our website.

 

 

Thank you

 

Information access team

General Medical Council

Email: [GMC request email]

Telephone: 0161 923 6365

Working with doctors Working for patients

The General Medical Council helps to protect patients and improve medical
education and practice in the UK by setting standards for students and
doctors. We support them in achieving (and exceeding) those standards, and
take action when they are not met.

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear Jo Harding,

 

Thank you for your email dated 14th July 2017.

 

We will be considering your email under our comments and complaints
procedure, and we will get back to you as soon as we can.

 

Julian Graves will be responding to your email. If you have any queries,
you can contact him on 0161 923 6351 or email him on
[1][email address].

 

Yours sincerely

 

Natasha

 

Natasha Whittaker

Information Access Assistant

[2][email address]

0161 240 8178

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester

M3 3AW

 

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Julian Graves (0161 923 6351), General Medical Council

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Dear Ms Harding

 

Please find attached my response to your request for an internal review.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Julian Graves

 

 

Julian Graves

Information Access Manager

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester M3 3AW

 

Tel. no: 0161 923 6351

Email: [1][email address]

 

 

Dear Julian Graves (0161 923 6351),

I refer to your refusal to comply with my request under The Freedom of Information Act.

It beggars belief that in 2017 patients who are mistreated by doctors are not permitted to know the identity of the person in the GMC who has dealt with their appeal in a manner which can only be described as abusive, contemptuous and in the nature of malfeasance.

It is likely there are corrupt influences in operation here. Why does the GMC decline to advise of the identity of the Assistant Registrar? What has he, or she, got to hide? Could it be due to membership of Freemasonry?

The GMC should have a new slogan, "Covering up for doctors-killing patients". The GMC is not fit to have any regulatory powers for doctors in view of their appalling behaviour.

Yours sincerely,

Jo Harding

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