Minutes of meeting between DHSC, THT & MacFarlane Trust

S Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am requesting the minutes & documents relating to the wind up of the MacFarlane Trust & the transfer of funds left in MFT accounts to the Terrence Higgins Trust. Your department originally allocated the funds to the MFT & were involved in the redistribution of these funds.

Yours faithfully,
Steven.

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1209730  ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Nicole Mercer 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Minutes of meeting between DHSC, THT & MacFarlane Trust'.

The request has taken 3 times the amount of time it is under the to be completed within.

If I do not hear something regarding my request in the next 14 days I shall be asking the Information Commissioner to try to move this forward.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Carroll,

Thank you for your email.

DHSC is the lead department for the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This would, understandably, affect the Department’s ability to respond in a timely manner. Nonetheless, DHSC provided a full response to you within the statutory 20 working days.

As you are aware, information within the scope of your request requires manual redaction and access to office equipment. Staff have not yet returned to office working and senior officials have made it clear that colleagues will not be compelled to return to the office at this stage. Unfortunately, we are unable to expedite the release of the requested information.

Yours sincerely,

Charlene Carter
Freedom of Information Casework Manager
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU3

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Minutes of meeting between DHSC, THT & MacFarlane Trust'.

The reasons for the delay is that some redaction has to take place in regards to peoples names & so forth. All of the people present at the meeting work in the public domain & therefore under section 5 this mutes the need for redaction.

It is the publics best interest to know who was at the meeting making the decisions.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr/Ms Carroll,

Thank you for your email asking for an internal review of an Freedom of Information request.

We are unable to process your internal review request without a case reference number. So that we can process your request, please provide us with the case reference number.

Yours sincerely,
FOI Team.

Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU
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Dear FreedomofInformation,

FOI-1209730.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

This is an acknowledgement - please do not reply to this email.

Thank you for contacting the Department of Health and Social Care. 

We are currently experiencing high volumes of enquiries and we are
focusing our resources on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) response.

The answers to many questions, including the latest information on
COVID-19, can be found on [1]GOV.UK, the [2]Department of Health and
Social Care website or by visiting the [3]NHS website. We may not respond
to you if the answer to your enquiry can be found on either of these
websites. Where a reply is appropriate, we aim to send a response within
18 working days, or 20 working days if your query is a Freedom of
Information request or complaint.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please
visit [4]111.nhs.uk or telephone your GP surgery immediately for further
advice. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital directly.

If your organisation can offer support to help with the response to
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Government has set up an [5]online hub to compile and respond to all
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Professionals website for further information. 

If you are a clinician who has retired within the last 6 years and would
like more information on how to apply for the temporary register, please
visit the [7]NHS England website for further information. 

If you are a student looking to join the NHS, please visit the HEE website
for detailed guidance for [8]nurses and [9]doctors respectively. 

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visit [10]this website for more information.

The Department of Health and Social Care does not process complaints about
the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
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Information
Charterhttps://www.gov.uk/government/organisati....

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FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1209730 is now complete. Please see the attached letter for the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Charlene Carter
Freedom of Information Casework Manager
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU

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Dear Charlene,

Thank you for email & conducting the internal review even though it fell outside of time frame for my request. I appreciated it

After consulting with counsel we believe this now a matter for Information Commissioner as the initial request FOI-1209730
was made prior to COVID-19 situation workplace guidelines came into action.

I thank you for your assistance on this matter.

Yours sincerely,
S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Mr Carroll,

Please find attached minutes in response to your  FOI request (our
ref: FOI-1209730) .

We apologise for the delay in you receiving these minutes.
Yours sincerely,

 Nicole Mercer 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Nicole,

Thank you for your email & sending the information for FOI-1209730.

Unfortunately it doesn't cover in part my original request as there is no mention of THT being present at the meeting & / or how the decision was made to transfer the remaining MFT funds to them.

I was led to believe the redaction needed to place by hand & this was the cause for the delay in receiving the information. Can you confirm the date of the return to the office to complete the request.

In my experience the redaction process usually takes the form of text being blacked out this doesn't appear to have been the case on this occasion leaving the information that has been sent with little or no context. I would be grateful which method was used to redact the documents as it appears to not be in line with Government guidelines surrounding this issue.

I would be grateful if you are able to re-examining my original request to include the the information I requested.

Yours faithfully,

Mr S Carroll

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Minutes of meeting between DHSC, THT & MacFarlane Trust'.

The response was not what I had asked for & I am still awaiting a reply to my concerns raised.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Carroll,

Thank you for your further email.

As you are aware, you have already received a full response to your initial request, the documents within the scope of your request, and an internal review. The Department therefore considers this case closed.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

I have since come across information that disputes the department response to F.O.I.

I will now be forwarding the information along with your responses to the I.C.O as I believe there has been a breech in GDPR as well the incomplete information from yourself.

I have also sought counsel's advice on this issue & they believe there is a strong possibility the Department are in derelict of duty by not completing the F.O.I in guidelines within the DHSC.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll