Pharmacy opening - 24, 25 and 31 December 2012

Paul Jones made this Freedom of Information request to Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

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Dear Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc,

This is a request for information made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. As a provider of NHS pharmaceutical services, you are regarded as a public authority by virtue of paragraph 44 of Schedule 1 of the Act, and obliged to respond to requests for information made under the Act regarding those services. Please pass this request to your superintendent pharmacist or legal department.

Please provide the following information:

1. A list of those of your pharmacies (if any) which were directed by a Primary Care Trust to open on Christmas Day 2012, and confirmation of whether or not each of those pharmacies did indeed open as directed

2. A list of those of your pharmacies (if any) in respect of which an application was made to a Primary Care Trust to change the pharmacy's core opening hours on Monday 24 December 2012 and, in respect of each pharmacy for which an application was made:
* what the pharmacy's normal core opening hours would be on a Monday
* how you applied to change those hours
* whether that application was approved or refused by the relevant Primary Care Trust
* if the application was refused, whether you appealed against that refusal
* if you did appeal, whether the appeal was allowed or dismissed
* if the application was refused (and any appeal was dismissed), such that the pharmacy was required to open for the core hours it would normally have opened for on a Monday, whether the pharmacy was in fact open for those core hours on 24 December 2012

3. A list of those of your pharmacies (if any) in respect of which an application was made to a Primary Care Trust to change the pharmacy's core opening hours on Monday 31 December 2012 and, in respect of each pharmacy for which an application was made:
* what the pharmacy's normal core opening hours would be on a Monday
* how you applied to change those hours
* whether that application was approved or refused by the relevant Primary Care Trust
* if the application was refused, whether you appealed against that refusal
* if you did appeal, whether the appeal was allowed or dismissed
* if the application was refused (and any appeal was dismissed), such that the pharmacy was required to open for the core hours it would normally have opened for on a Monday, whether the pharmacy was in fact open for those core hours on 31 December 2012

Yours faithfully,

Paul Jones

Bruce Pimlott, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Please see information below

Bruce Pimlott
Pharmacy General Manager and Superintendent Pharmacist
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
Tel 0845 611 5551 [mobile number]
e mail [Morrisons request email]

Please note I will be retiring at the end of January 2013. Please direct any communications with regard to all matters to Omar Shakoor, Head of Pharmacy [email address]

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Dear Mr Pimlott,

I presume that by "Please see information below" you are referring to the note that you are retiring at the end of January.

Please pass my request for information to the appropriate person in order that a response can be provided by 13 February, in line with the requirements of the FOI Act.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Jones

Bruce Pimlott, Wm Morrison Supermarkets Limited

Dear Mr Jones,

You obviously did not read the full content of the e mail. Three stores were listed as having opened on 25th December St Albans Totnes and Weymouth and no stores applied to change their core hours on either December 24th or December 31st.

Bruce Pimlott
Pharmacy General Manager and Superintendent Pharmacist
Wm Morrison Supermarkets plc
Tel: 0845 611 5551 [mobile number]
e mail: [Morrisons request email]

As I will be retiring from the business at the end of January 2013, please direct all matters to Omar Shakoor, Head of Pharmacy e mail: [email address]

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Dear Mr Pimlott,

Thank you for providing the information. (Apologies for not seeing that you had added it into the forwarded message.)

Yours sincerely,

Paul Jones