Investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability

George Julian made this Freedom of Information request to NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group,

Please would you provide the following information for your CCG:

1) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that occurred in the last three years (by years defined as 1/4/16 - 31/3/17, 1/4/17 - 31/3/18, 1/4/18 to present).

2) the number of independent investigations into the deaths of patients with a learning disability that you have commissioned in the last three years (defined as above)

3a) the number of deaths of patients with a learning disability that have resulted in an inquest in the last three years (defined as above)

3b) of those inquests the number that were an Article 2 inquest

I look forward to hearing from you,
Many thanks
Dr George Julian

Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Dr Julian

 

RE: Freedom of Information Request

 

I am writing to formally acknowledge your request for information
regarding investigations into patient deaths which will be processed under
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm your request was
received on 19 March 2019 (as 18 March is counted as a non-working day due
to St Patrick’s Day) by NEL on behalf of the Clinical Commissioning Groups
(CCGs) listed below. The references for your requests are shown alongside.

 

NHS Greenwich CCG                            FOI.18.GRN259

 

An initial investigation is currently taking place into whether the
information you have requested is held by the CCGs and if so, whether it
can be released in accordance with the legislation.

 

Any fees applicable to this request will be detailed in writing as soon as
they can be determined. Your request will then be placed on hold and you
will have the choice of whether to proceed with your request. Should any
clarification of your request be required we will advise you accordingly.

 

If you require any assistance, or would like to discuss your request,
please do not hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information Team
NEL
[1][Greenwich CCG request email] 

 

Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor
Waterloo, London, SE1 7NT

  

[2]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk 

[3]@NELCSU 

[4]LinkedIn 

 

 

 

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Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Dr Julian

 

RE: FOI.18.GRN259 – NHS Greenwich CCG

 

I write further to your request with the above reference number. In order
for the CCG to identify and locate the information requested we reasonably
require clarification from you on the scope of your request. The Freedom
of Information Act 2000, Section 16 stipulates a duty for a public
authority to provide advice and assistance when they receive an unclear or
ambiguous request. Please provide clarification to the question below:

 

2) the number of independent investigations into the deaths of patients
with a learning disability that you have commissioned in the last three
years

 

Please can you advise what you mean by ‘independent investigation’?  It
would be helpful if you can give an example to help the CCG provide the
right information requested.

 

Until we receive this information from you, in line with current
legislation your request will be placed on hold. If you require any
assistance, or would like to discuss your request further, please do not
hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number above.

 

With regards

 

The Freedom of Information team
NEL

[email address]

 

1 Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor 
Waterloo, London SE1 7NT

  

[1]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[2]@NELCSU 

[3]LinkedIn

 

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Dear Foi NHS NEL CSU,

Many thanks for seeking clarification in relation to my FOI request.

The Serious Incident Framework states the following in relation to Level 3 Independent Investigations:

'Although the regional team may offer support where it is necessary to do so, independent investigations, and the decision to commission independent investigations, should be managed locally by the commissioner of the care in which the incident occurred wherever possible. Local management and ownership of Serious Incidents is of fundamental importance to ensuring appropriate and timely action'.

I can only assume a record would be kept as to whether an independent investigation had been commissioned by the CCG or not? That is what my question relates to.

I hope that clarification makes things clearer?
Best wishes
George

Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

Dear Dr Julian

 

Thank you for providing the clarification below.  I will pass this
information to NHS Greenwich CCG and will contact you again in due course.

 

With regards

 

The Freedom of Information team
NEL

[email address]

 

1 Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor 
Waterloo, London SE1 7NT

  

[1]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[2]@NELCSU 

[3]LinkedIn

 

 

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Foi (NHS NEL CSU), NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group

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Dear Dr Julian

 

RE:          FOI.18.GRN259  on behalf of NHS Greenwich Clinical
Commissioning Group

 

Please find attached a letter responding to your Freedom of Information
request. 

 

With regards

 

 

Freedom of Information team
NEL

[email address]

 

 

1 Lower Marsh, 3^rd Floor 
Waterloo, London SE1 7NT

  

[1]www.nelcsu.nhs.uk

[2]@NELCSU 

[3]LinkedIn

 

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