Paedophile neurosurgeon Richard VAN GRONINGEN (4256630)

J Roberts made this Freedom of Information request to General Medical Council

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Dear General Medical Council,

I'll not describe the sickening stash of material the Mail is reporting Dr Van Groningen was caught with, and I suggest you don't look any further. Suffice to say that it included 114 category A images and 230 pieces of 'extreme material':

I note from your website that at a hearing on 23 June 2020 it was decided to maintain his suspension:

In the Mail article, a spokesperson for the Trust where he worked said:

'As soon as we were alerted to this police investigation, we immediately restricted Dr Van Groningen's practice and notified the General Medical Council (GMC).'

1. Please provide the date on which you were notified by the Trust about Van Groningen; and

2. Please also provide details of any action you took in response to the information received.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

FOI, General Medical Council

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FOI, General Medical Council

Dear J Roberts,


Your information request – IR1-2758606598

Thank you for your email dated 29 July, in which you ask for information
in relation to Dr Van Groningen restriction and when we were notified from
the Trust.


How we will consider your request

We’re going to consider your request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 (FOIA). The FOIA gives us 20 working days to respond, but we’ll come
back to you as soon as we can.


Who to contact

Mark Ellen will be handling your request. If you have any questions you
can contact him via email at [1][email address].


Unfortunately, due to the pandemic outbreak we are currently operating at
reduced capacity. It may therefore take us longer to respond to your
request. We apologise for any inconvenience caused.


Yours sincerely


Lauren Barrowcliffe

Information Access Team Assistant


[email address]

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street


M3 3AW


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Mark Ellen (0161 923 6347), General Medical Council

Dear J Roberts


Reference: IR1-275860598


Thank you for your e-mail of 29 July 2020.  I have considered your
response under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).


As you are probably aware, you can check a doctor’s GMC registration via
our website, [1] Any publicly available fitness to practise
information about a doctor will appear on their on line register entry on
the website. 


I confirm we hold information in relation to your request but that an
exemption, set out in the FOIA, applies to the release of this
information. The exemption that applies is:


Section 40(2), by virtue of section 40(3A)(a)

This exemption applies where the information is the personal data of a
third party and where releasing the information would breach any of the
principles relating to the processing of personal data listed at Article 5
of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). In this instance
disclosure would breach the first principle, which requires the processing
of information to be lawful, fair and transparent. I do not believe that
any of the legal bases for processing listed at Article 6 of the GDPR are
met and therefore giving you the information would be unlawful.


Your right to appeal

I'm sorry I couldn’t provide the information you requested. If you would
like to appeal this decision you should set out your grounds for making
such an appeal and e-mail [2][GMC request email]. Please note that we will only
usually consider appeals received within 40 working days of our response.
If such an appeal were unsuccessful, you would have the right of making a
further appeal to the Information Commissioner, the regulator of the FOIA
and DPA. Full details of this further appeal route will be provided to you
if applicable.


Kind regards

Mark Ellen



Mark Ellen

Information Access Team

General Medical Council

3 Hardman Street

Manchester  M3 3AW

Direct Line: 0161 923 6347




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