Orion 4 (2)

Joe Whittaker made this Freedom of Information request to Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Bolton NHS Foundation Trust,

Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is listed as a ORION 4 COORDINATING CENTRE
For clinical trials service Unit [in conjunction with Oxford University.

Drug trails taking place under the lead of Dr Andrew Hutcheson [listed as Consultant Chemical pathologist Royal Bolton hospital]...

Q Was the Royal Bolton Foundation Trust paid for , or have had any benefit from this commercial arrangement, either financial/shares in the pharma company or otherwise? Please supply information.

Q Was Dr Andrew Hutcheson paid as an RBH employee for this work, as he had previously retired from his role; Or is he paid as a separate consultant working for an outside agency [ e.g Oxford University, or the pharma company heading the trails] which funder pays for his work/role?

Q Is the basis for the commercial arrangement, the initial and ongoing transfer of patients` medical records to a third party, and the work done by the Trust in carrying out the drugs trial?

Q How have patients been selected for inclusion in this drug trial, were such issues as co morbidities or allergies/suitability of patient considered?

Q Were selected patients informed [before being selected and sent appointments, if they were sent appointments] of the drugs trial in a clearly written letter, about what benefits or side effects they might experience if they wanted to become involved Before appointments were made ?

Q How is GDR/Data Protection Act 2018 complied with [for instance some patients will opt out of data sharing how is this managed?] Evidence of this please ?

Q Patients who had already opted out of data sharing to 3rd parties...how was their privacy protected?
Q What measures have you followed to stop data breachs? Evidence of this please.

Q was this project taken to Governors for consideration of whether the Hospital and or listed consultant should be involved in such a drugs trail prior to its implementation? Evidence of this please.

Q Who approved this Medical Research study in Royal Bolton Foundation Trust?

Yours faithfully,

Joe Whittaker

Freedom of Information, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust

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REF:            2020-126

Subject:        Clinical Trials Orion 4



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