Payments to NHS psychiatric staff from pharmaceutical manufacturers

Germain Gross made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health

The request was refused by Department of Health.

From: Germain Gross

Dear Department of Health,

please would you be kind enough to inform me whither Professor Appleby, head of NHS psychiatry, is in receipt of a salary, single payments, consultative fees, or expenses from any pharmaceutical manufacturer or supplier ?

If you do not have this information, please tell me which public office Professor Appleby is answerable to, or which public office holds this information ?

Has Professor Appleby ever been employed by a pharmaceutical manufacturer, supplier, or research institute linked to a manufacturer / supplier ?

Please tell me who in the NHS, or which individuals, are directly responsible for NHS policy on the use and prescription of anti psychotic drugs in the NHS ?

Who exactly makes decisions regarding NHS psychiatry's policy regarding the use of these drugs within NHS psychiatry ?

Please would you tell me if there is anything that forbids, or restricts in any way, Professor Appleby from receiving funds from the pharmaceutical industry, in a consultative capacity, whilst also performing his role as head of NHS psychiatry ?

Is there any requirement on NHS psychiatric staff to reveal that they receive such payments/salaries/ expenses/ etc., from pharmaceutical manufacturers or suppliers ?

Please would you inform me whither NHS clinical psychiatric staff and administrators have any restrictions or contractual obligations to refuse payments from pharmaceutical manufacturers or suppliers ?

Please would you tell me what means are employed to enforce any such rules if they exist ?

Please would you inform me how many, and which individual NHS psychiatric staff and administrators are paid consultative fees or any other salary, or single payments from any pharmaceutical manufacturer or supplier ?

Yours faithfully,

Germain Gross

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D. Speers left an annotation ()

"you have the right to make a new and narrower request with which we might be able to comply",

I think maybe breaking the request down into 'bite sized' chunks may improve your chance of a complete answer.I do happen to know that Professor Louis Appleby is no longer National Director for Mental Health.

Hope this helps
Dee

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From: Germain Gross

Dear Department of Health,
thank you for your reply. With regard to your decision that my request was too expensive to investigate, please would you be kind enough to tell me if Professor Appleby has ever received a salary, fees, travel costs, or expenses from a pharmaceutical supplier / manufacturer. Has he in the past, or is he currently employed as a consultant to a pharmaceutical manufacturer /supplier ?

Please would you also be kind enough to tell me who is currently the head of NHS psychiatry?

Yours faithfully,

Germain Gross

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Our ref: DE00000576528

23 December 2010

Dear Ms Gross

Thank you for your email of 17 December asking, under the Freedom of
Information Act, if Professor Louis Appleby has ever received a salary,
fees, travel costs, or expenses from a pharmaceutical
supplier/manufacturer. You also asked whether he has been, in the past,
or is currently, employed as a consultant to a pharmaceutical manufacturer
/supplier.

You also asked, who is currently the head of NHS psychiatry.

Regarding Professor Appleby, we do not hold this information. I should
explain that Professor Appleby is seconded part-time from his university
post to the Dept of Health as National Clinical Director for Health and
Criminal Justice.

There is no role that meets the description of Head of Psychiatry.
However, there is a role, National Clinical Director for Mental Health in
England, which is being undertaken on an interim basis by Dr Hugh
Griffiths.

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If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
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The Information Commissioner's Office
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Yours sincerely,

Colin McDonald
FOI Casework Manager

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