Dr Robert S. Coull

Dear Scottish Ambulance Service,

Please could you supply me with a copy of the Central Legal Office opinion on the use of blue lights etc. by BASICS responders.

This opinion was obtained by Dr James Ward, Medical Director of the Scottish Ambulance Service in November 2017.

The public interest in this request is related to concerns about the impact of response times on survival rates from cardiac arrests (and other serious incidents) of not having blue-light trainined BASICS responders and whether there are any legal objections to having more blue-light trained responders.

Yours faithfully,

Dr Robert S. Coull

FOI (SCOTTISH AMBULANCE SERVICE), Scottish Ambulance Service

Dear Dr Coull

The Central Legal Office is within NHS National Services Scotland. You will need to make this Freedom of Information Request to NHS NSS. You can find out more on their website at https://nhsnss.org/how-nss-works/freedom...

Regards

Mark

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Dr Robert S. Coull

Dear Scottish Ambulance Service,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Scottish Ambulance Service's handling of my FOI request 'Legal opinion on the use of blue lights by BASICS responders'.

I believe the information is held by the Scottish Ambulance Service because the opinion was requested by Dr James Ward, SAS Medical Director, and he recently informed me he had received the opinion he requested.

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

Yours faithfully,

Dr Robert S. Coull

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Submitted to Scottish Information Commissioner on 19.12.2017

Dr Robert S. Coull left an annotation ()

Good afternoon Dr Coull,

I am writing to let you know that I have now completed my review into the FOI request you submitted to the Scottish Ambulance Service related to legal advice from the Central Legal Office related to BASICS responders using blue lights.

I understand that you have a separate request in with the Information Commissioner related to our failure to respond to your request for a review. This is being dealt with separately so my response today is solely related to your request for a review into the information we provided to you.

In our response to your FOI request, I have concluded that we correctly explained that the Central Legal Office are a part of National Services Scotland, who provide legal advice to all NHS Boards including the Scottish Ambulance Service, and as such, you should address your request to them for a response.

In addition to this, what I would also say is that under section 36 (1) of the Freedom of Information Scotland Act, both the Scottish Ambulance Service and National Services Scotland, would be exempt from providing the information you requested as any communication between the Central Legal Office and their clients (of which we are one) is legally privileged.

I trust this is helpful in clarifying the situation and our handling of your original request, but do let me know if I can be of further assistance.

Thank you,

Mark

Mark Hannan
Head of Corporate Affairs and Engagement
Scottish Ambulance Service
National Headquarters
1 South Gyle Crescent
Edinburgh
EH12 9EB

www.scottishambulance.com

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