Injuries Sustained in Afghanistan

Richard Taylor made this Freedom of Information request to Ministry of Defence

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The request was partially successful.

Richard Taylor

The MoD's published statistics relating to Operation Herrick (Afghanistan) state that during the period 7 October 2001 to 15 June 2009 210 UK individuals were seriously or very seriously injured. (1)

For each of those individuals could you please release brief details of the nature of the injuries sustained.

1.http://www.mod.uk/NR/rdonlyres/4E3537CE-...

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The MOD have responded to this request by writing to my personal email address rather than responding via the WhatDoTheyKnow address which was supplied to them.

They did not address my request, but sent me a copy of a response they had already made to a related but different, request. That response did not contain any information but merely referred to the published statistics at:

http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/FactSh...

I will pass the response onto WhatDoTheyKnow.com and it ought to appear in this thread.

DASA-HEALTH INFO Opcas TL (Cope Hayley Ms),

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Dear Mr Taylor,

Please see the attached response to your FOI request.

I hope you find this helpful.

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Hayley Cope (HStO)
Operational Casualties Team Leader
DASA Health Information
Spur 7 B Block
Ensleigh
Bath
BA1 5AB

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Dear DASA-HEALTH INFO Opcas TL (Cope Hayley Ms),

I am writing to query the response I have received to my freedom of information request for details of nature of injuries sustained by UK individuals serving in Afghanistan.

I was sent a copy of the MOD's response to someone else's related, but different, FOI request and there is no indication my request was considered in its own right. The response I was sent neither contains the information I requested nor explains what exemptions in the FOI act the MOD is relying on to withhold the information (assuming it is held). Perhaps the wrong document was attached to the email?

The response I was sent referred the reader to published statistics; however given that I referenced the official statistics in my request I believe it is clear I am requesting more detailed information than is provided there.

The published statistics do not include any details relating to the nature of the injuries sustained, they only classify individuals as either "seriously" or "very seriously" injured. I had asked for brief details of the nature of the injuries sustained.

I note the correspondence address I provided was not used by the MOD to respond to my request.

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

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DASA-HEALTH INFO Opcas TL (Cope Hayley Ms),

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Mr Taylor,

I do apologise I did in fact send you the wrong response to your FOI
request.

Here is the response to your request.

Regards
Hayley Cope (HStO)
Operational Casualties Team Leader
DASA Health Information
Spur 7 B Block
Ensleigh
Bath
BA1 5AB

Mil Tel: 9355 72004
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Please pass this on to the person who conducts freedom of information reviews.

My freedom of information request for details of nature of injuries sustained by UK individuals serving in Afghanistan appears to have been rejected on two grounds:

1. Cost

2. The information is considered by the MOD to be personal information

I would like to request an internal review into the decision to reject my request, I would like the review to consider the following:

1. I have not been given a detailed breakdown of how the MOD have determined that responding to my request would incur "disproportionate" cost. I note that the FOI act does not contain a provision requiring authorities to assess if the costs of complying with a request are proportionate or not, but requires an assessment to be made as to if the costs would exceed the appropriate limit set out in the fees regulations. If appropriate I would like to request a "fees notice" be issued.

2. With respect to the statement that "Information on further breakdowns of VSI and SI casualties cannot be released without disclosing individual identities" I would like to make clear I have not requested the release of personally identifiable information. I have not sought "individual identities" and would expect it would be possible to release the information requested without identifying individuals.

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

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

MOD FOI Internal Reviews Team,

Dear Mr Taylor,

Thank you for your request for an independent internal review of
the response you received to your RFI under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000(our reference: 15-07-2009-100313-002). The
Chief Information Officer - Head of Corporate Information currently
aims to complete reviews within 40 working days of receipt of the
application. Your request for an internal review was received by us
on 12 August 2009. We therefore aim to complete the review and
respond to you by 9 october 2009. The review will involve a full
and independent reconsideration of the decision taken in respect of
your request for information as well as the handling of the case.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Internal Review Team

DASA-HEALTH INFO Fatalities Opcas STL (Baird Lisa Ms),

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Mr Taylor,

Please see the attached.

Regards,

Lisa Baird

Lisa Baird
Fatalities and Operational Casualties Senior Team Leader
DASA Health Information
Spur 7, Beckford, Ensleigh
Bath

Tel : 93 55 67687 or 01225 467687

Please note I work part-time covering the following days :
Monday : 09.15 to 17.00
Tuesday : 07.30 to 14.30
Friday : 09.15 to 14.30

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

The key element of the document attached to the latest response states:
"As part of the internal review, we are looking at our response locally and will provide you with a response within 10 working days, 10th September 2009. The full internal review is still being conducted by the Chief Information Officer – Head Corporate Information and will be complete by 9th October 2009. "

DASA-HEALTH INFO Opcas Analyst 2 (Haslett Ruth Ms),

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Dear Mr. Taylor,

Please see the attached response to your request for an internal review.

Regards

Ruth Haslett

Operational Casualties Analyst
DASA (Health Information)
Mil No. 9355 68480
Tel No. 01225 468480
E-mail - [1][email address]
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Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

I have written an article based on the response so far to this request:

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk/uk-injuries-in-...

MOD FOI Internal Reviews Team,

Dear Mr Taylor,

Reference: AIT 15-07-2009-100313-002, dated 9 September 2009

The informal review conducted by the Head Of Branch of DASA (Health
Information) of the response to your request for information, aimed
to provide you with as much additional information as possible, as
well as background information on NOTICAS reports and the OpEDAR
database in an effort to help and assist you.

Now that the DASA informal review has been completed, please would
you confirm whether you still require a formal internal review to
be conducted by the MOD Head of Corporate Information?

FOI Internal Review Team

I am writing to confirm that I would like the internal review conducted by the MOD Head of Corporate Information (which has been offered in respect of my FOI request reference AIT 15-07-2009-100313-002) to be carried out.

I appreciate the additional information released following the review by the Head Of Branch of DASA, but note that for example no information has been released in respect of those seriously injured individuals without an OpEDAR record.

I would like the review to consider if the MoD has now released as much information as possible in respect of my original request.

Many thanks,

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Richard Taylor

Cambridge

http://www.rtaylor.co.uk

CIO-CI-AccessReview4(Fall, Joanne C2),

Dear Mr Taylor,

FOI Internal Review CIO 3/18/1/373

I am sorry for the delay in completing your Internal Review on your FOI
request. The Head of Corporate Information has a self-imposed deadline of
40 working days to complete internal reviews but it is not always possible
to meet this deadline.

I apologise for the delay in providing you with a substantive response. We
aim to reply by 23 February 2010.

Kind regards

CIO-CI-Access Review 4

Ministry of Defence

Email: [email address]

CIO-CI-AccessReview2(Sondhi, Usha Mrs),

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Dear Mr Taylor,

Please find attached the internal review response to your request for
information of 14 July 2009 about the nature of the injuries sustained by
the 210 UK individuals who were publicly reported as being seriously or
very seriously injured in Afghanistan between 7 October 2001 and 15 June
2009.

Regards

MOD FOI Internal Review Team