Please tell me how informed consent is upheld and recorded

Jane Westover made this Freedom of Information request to East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust,

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I would appreciate knowing how you are able to determine that informed consent is given by persons receiving the vaccine, when that person has been coerced into having the jab, by threats of losing their job or not being allowed to take part in normal activities.

I would question the moral and ethical issues surrounding a vaccination program that is pushed by msm and is subject to "hard sell" techniques. Those people who question the vaccines, which I understand are still in the trial stage (due to end 2023), are ridiculed and subject to what amounts to "hate crime" by the media.

When a person has submitted to the vaccine, under duress, who will be held responsible should that person later realise that they were not by law, required to have the jab, and or suffer adverse side effects. Or - long term issues become apparent and the person has given consent under duress and realises they have been forced into a decision that was not in their best interests.

If you decide that this information is not to be disclosed for some reason, such as you do not feel it is in the publics best interest to know, could you please explain your decision.

Yours faithfully,

Jane Westover

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FOI Requests, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

From 1^st July 2018, Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals merged to become
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Therefore, unless
otherwise specified, responses are on behalf of East Suffolk and North
Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding information held by the East
Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust:

 

I would appreciate knowing how you are able to determine that informed
consent is given by persons receiving the vaccine, when that person has
been coerced into having the jab, by threats of losing their job or not
being allowed to take part in normal activities.

 

I would question the moral and ethical issues surrounding a vaccination
program that is pushed by msm and is subject to "hard sell" techniques.
Those people who question the vaccines, which I understand are still in
the trial stage (due to end 2023), are ridiculed and subject to what
amounts to "hate crime" by the media.

 

When a person has submitted to the vaccine, under duress, who will be held
responsible should that person later realise that they were not by law,
required to have the jab, and or suffer adverse side effects. Or - long
term issues become apparent and the person has given consent under duress
and realises they have been forced into a decision that was not in their
best interests.

 

If you decide that this information is not to be disclosed for some
reason, such as you do not feel it is in the publics best interest to
know, could you please explain your decision.

 

Your enquiry has been dealt with in accordance with the Trust’s Freedom of
Information Act 2000 Policy and Procedures. We are pleased to enclose the
information you requested:

 

We have two vaccination hubs at our Trust – East Suffolk and North Essex
NHS Foundation Trust. At both hubs, time is taken to make sure that
everyone (patients and staff) has the opportunity to read all the
nationally produced information about the COVID-19 vaccination and also
the opportunity to ask the medical vaccinator and other clinical
colleagues any questions they may have, before giving their informed
consent.

 

The option to have a vaccine has been down to the individual to book
themselves, not booked for them. All those who are vaccinated are asked to
confirm if they consent to vaccination immediately prior to vaccination.

 

Our approach has been to give people all of the information available and
encourage everyone to have the vaccine based on national Government and
best practice advice. We have never sought to pressurise anyone to have
the vaccination.

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for your response. It does partly answer my question.

However - can you give any assurance that the many covid vaccine hubs that have sprung up all over the UK also abide by the same guidelines. We see pictures of people lining up to be vaccinated and I am convinced that not all of them understand exactly what it is they are signing up for.

You say no one is forced to take the injection, yet there is much evidence that pressure is put on people to conform. Do the vaccinators make sure that those they are injecting are actually happy to receive the injection? Are they reassured that they can change their mind if they so choose.

Finally - is it made clear to them that the vaccines are still in stage 3 trials and are only approved for use during an emergency. Therefore by definition they are taking part in an experiment.

I await your response

Jane Westover

Yours sincerely,

Jane Westover

FOI Requests, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Good Morning,

 

Thank you for your email. We have reviewed your further questions:

 

However - can you give any assurance that the many covid vaccine hubs that
have sprung up all over the UK also abide by the same guidelines.  We see
pictures of people lining up to be vaccinated and I am convinced that not
all of them understand exactly what it is they are signing up for.

 

You say no one is forced to take the injection, yet there is much evidence
that pressure is put on people to conform.  Do the vaccinators make sure
that those they are injecting are actually happy to receive the
injection?  Are they reassured that they can change their mind if they so
choose.

 

Finally - is it made clear to them that the vaccines are still in stage 3
trials and are only approved for use during an emergency.  Therefore by
definition they are taking part in an experiment.

 

Every NHS vaccination hub is run on the same principles that informed
consent must be given before a vaccination will be given, and any one
choosing to have a vaccination, needs to 'pre-book' their appointment at a
vaccination hub and is asked to give informed consent before they receive
the vaccine.

 

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Dear FOI Requests,

Thank you for your prompt reply

I think you have failed to understand the implications within my request for information. I wonder if the people who give "informed consent" are there are their own volition, or have been shamed or coerced or bullied into booking the vaccine. I ask this, as I know several people who have told me in conversation that they would rather not have the injection, but feel pressured into doing so by friends, family and in particular the government. To book an injection because the government propaganda tells you you are putting others at risk if you don't, is hardly giving free informed consent.

Do the participants get the chance to discuss what vaccine they are having. And how the vaccine may react with any medication they are on. Are they given the opportunity to discuss if having the vaccine is actually necessary for them?

You do not answer my question - are the participants told that the vaccines are still in stage 3 trials, which effectively means they are guinea pigs in a medical experiment.

Are they told of the possible severe adverse effects reported on the yellow card reporting system - before they have the injection. One would hope they are, as once the deed is done it is a bit late.

I am concerned that in the governments rush to vaccinate as many people as possible, with no apparent concern about what is best for the individual, many people are going against what they believe is in their own best interests as they are fearful of what the government might do next

I look forward to your response

Yours sincerely,

Jane Westover

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None of this request constitutes a request for recorded information. Public authorities are not obliged under FOI to answer general queries, give opinions or engage in discussions about "moral and ethical issues" and the house rules of this site specify the same.

Dear FOI Requests,

I apologise. Having reread my request I can see how it might be construed.

I would still like an answer to the question " are the participants told that the vaccines are still in stage 3 trials (due to end in 2023) before they are given the injection". I believe this is within the remit of FOI as it relates directly to informed consent.

Thank you for you time. I look forward to your response

Jane Westover

Yours sincerely,

Jane Westover

FOI Requests, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

From 1^st July 2018, Ipswich and Colchester Hospitals merged to become
East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Therefore, unless
otherwise specified, responses are on behalf of East Suffolk and North
Essex NHS Foundation Trust.

 

Thank you for your recent enquiry regarding information held by the East
Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust:

 

I would still like an answer to the question " are the participants told
that the vaccines are still in stage 3 trials (due to end in 2023) before
they are given the injection".  I believe this is within the remit of FOI
as it relates directly to informed consent.

 

Your enquiry has been dealt with in accordance with the Trust’s Freedom of
Information Act 2000 Policy and Procedures. We are pleased to enclose the
information you requested:

 

As reiterated in our previous response, at both of our vaccination hubs,
time is taken to make sure that everyone (patients and staff) has the
opportunity to read all the nationally produced information about the
COVID-19 vaccination and also the opportunity to ask the medical
vaccinator and other clinical colleagues any questions they may have,
before giving their informed consent.

 

The option to have a vaccine has been down to the individual to book
themselves, not booked for them. All those who are vaccinated are asked to
confirm if they consent to vaccination immediately prior to vaccination.

 

The Department of Health may able to help with providing any further
information regarding Government messaging around vaccination. Their
website is:
[1]https://www.gov.uk/make-a-freedom-of-inf...
 

 

If you have any queries about the enclosed information please contact us.

 

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Regards,

 

Amy Witham

Freedom of Information Team

East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Please tell me how informed consent is upheld and recorded'.

Thank you for your responses. However I asked a question that requires a yes or no answer. That has not been forthcoming.
I read that you say people book their own test and are given information about the vaccines and the opportunity to ask questions before accepting the injection. My concerns with this are
The majority of people do not take the time to sit and read through the small print
The majority of people as far as I can understand do not appreciate that the vaccines are still in stage 3 trials. This is understandably, as much of the population has been told that they need the injection to protect themselves and others. I argue that it is not reasonable to ask the person administering the injection if the injection has been licensed, or is still in trial stages. I have some doubt if the people administering the vaccine are aware of this themselves.
You could argue that it is the responsibility of each person to ask questions before accepting the injection. This may be correct, however, I have asked this question of my MP, and others who I would expect to be able to give a straightforward answer; all I get in response is how the injections have been through safety checks before use. From this lack of a direct yes / no answer I deduce that the correct answer is - "yes, they are in stage 3 trials".
Your previous response says that it is not up those administering the injections to consider "informed consent" as that takes us into the ethics and morality around pressuring people into taking a course of action that may not be in their best interests. I accept that a vaccination site may not be the most appropriate place to counsel someone about proper true informed consent.
However - I believe that anyone arriving to have any medical procedure / intervention / injection should be told that the vaccines are still in stage 3 trials, before they can give informed consent.
So - I ask again - are the people arriving for their vaccination informed that they are taking part in drug trials?
A simple yes or no would be a start. Justification of your reply would be most welcome!

I await your response with great interest

Jane Westover

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Yours faithfully,

Jane Westover