Information concerning the Covid 19 Test Centre in Kenton Recreation Ground, Harrow,

Neil Jacobson made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Concerning the Covid 19 Test Centre in Kenton Recreation Ground, Harrow, since coming into operation in February 2021, please advise:

1. How many tests have been performed to date and of those, how many have produced positive results
2 The cost of initial set up of the Centre
3 The ongoing weekly costs of operation of the Centre
4 The date the Centre is planned to be closed
5 A copy of any planning and other consents required for its set up

Yours faithfully,

Neil Jacobson

Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Jacobson,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1328178).

Yours sincerely, 

Piper Hewitt-Dudding
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Thank you for your letter of 21st May 2021 in response to my questions under ref: FOI-1328178

Taking each point in turn:

1. You have kindly provided the number of tests to date. To clarify, please can you confirm the start and end date of the period to which the number applies. I note you do not hold the information on the number of positive tests. Can you say who might hold this information?

2. and 3. I note you have withheld the information on set up and running costs. I take it, then, that the services of a private contractor have been procured via an open tender. I can understand that this information might be commercially confidential if the procuring of such services was a regular event and that disclosure may undermine competitive edge. However, in this case, given that the Government is committed to not reversing its road map out of lockdown, such services will no longer be required and can be considered a one-off. I do not agree, therefore, that withholding the information to be in the public interest. Indeed, the banner proudly displayed outside the test centre declares that the operation is funded by the UK Government, i.e. the UK taxpayer and it is therefore in the public interest for the public to understand the costs involved in such an operation, not least that such costs are continuing to be incurred on the cusp of lockdown ending. I request an internal review of this decision, please.

4. I note the reply. Is there any test or thresholds of local and national demand against which decisions will be made as to any ongoing need for the test centre?

5. Thank you for your answer.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Jacobson

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I wrote on 3rd June 2021, asking for some additional information and requesting an internal review of my previous request for information. I understand that a response is required within 20 working days; this is now overdue. Please can you respond without further delay or let me know when you will be responding.

Yours faithfully,

Neil Jacobson

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Jacobson,

I apologise for the length of time it has taken to carry out your requested internal review of FOI-1328178.

The Department of Health and Social Care aims to respond to requests for internal reviews within 20 working days. Accordingly, you would have expected to have received our response on 1st July.

Unfortunately, the Department's response is not yet complete. We will update you as soon as possible.

Please accept my apologies for this delay.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team

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Dear Freedom of Information Team, DHSC

I refer to your holding reply of 19th July.

Please advise when I may receive a response to my previous email.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Jacobson

Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Jacobson,

I apologise for the delay in you receiving a response to your internal
review (our ref:IR-1334883).

The Department of Health and Social Care is still considering your request
and we will respond as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, 

Ed Franklyn
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

The reply to my request in June is now nearly 3 months late. Can I expect a reply imminently, please?

Yours faithfully,

Neil Jacobson

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Jacobson,
 
Your requested internal review of FOI-1328178 is now complete. Please see
the attached letter for the outcome.
Yours sincerely,
 
Ed Franklyn
FOI Internal Reviews
Department of Health & Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Jacobson,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref:FOI-1375306).
 

I apologise for the late arrival of this response.

Yours sincerely, 

Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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