PPE breakdown for April 2020

Response to this request is long overdue. By law, under all circumstances, Department of Health and Social Care should have responded by now (details). You can complain by requesting an internal review.

Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

Please kindly provide a breakdown of who you supplied PPE to by date, the type of PPE it was (such as disposable aprons, disposable gloves, fluid resistant face masks, surgical mask with integrated visor, full face shield/visor) and the count of each of those items for the month of April 2020.

Please output in the following fields: Date; Destination; PPE type; Count

For example...
01.04.2020; Princess Grace Hospital, London; fluid resistant face masks; 1032
01.04.2020; Princess Grace Hospital, London; disposable gloves; 1032

We're assuming you're keeping a record of what you've sent to where.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

In light of your response to our March request we wish to change our April request to now read as follows:

In Northumberland, please kindly provide a breakdown of who you supplied PPE to by date, the type of PPE it was (such as disposable aprons, disposable gloves, fluid resistant face masks, surgical mask with integrated visor, full face shield/visor) and the count of each of those items for the month of April 2020.

Please output in the following fields: Date; Destination; PPE type; Count

For example...
01.04.2020; Hospital name; address; fluid resistant face masks; 1032
01.04.2020; Hospital name; address; disposable gloves; 1032

We're assuming you're keeping a record of what you've sent to where.

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

Department of Health and Social Care

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COVID-19, can be found on [1]GOV.UK, the [2]Department of Health and
Social Care website or by visiting the [3]NHS website. We may not respond
to you if the answer to your enquiry can be found on either of these
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Send to internal review 6th June 2020

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Hart,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request. (our ref: FOI-1221018) 

Yours sincerely,

Lauren Der 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'PPE breakdown for April 2020'.

We have a record of your department denying a request to provide a breakdown of PPE you have supplied to each hospital for the whole England during the March period on cost grounds. With that being the case we amended the request to instead ask for this information but for just one county which we felt would certainly fall within the cost limit. To-date you have failed to advise if this is the case.

In the instance highlighted above it is therefore not in the spirit of the FoIA for you to group requests together with the sole intention of throwing them over the cost limit so you can vexatiously reject them.

If combinining requests throws them over the limit you should deal with them in a reasonable manner as intended by the creators of the Act.

If you fail to provide the information requested we shall take the matter up with the Information Commissioner.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/p...

Yours faithfully,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption

Department of Health and Social Care

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The answers to many questions, including the latest information on
COVID-19, can be found on [1]GOV.UK, the [2]Department of Health and
Social Care website or by visiting the [3]NHS website. We may not respond
to you if the answer to your enquiry can be found on either of these
websites. Where a reply is appropriate, we aim to send a response within
18 working days, or 20 working days if your query is a Freedom of
Information request or complaint.

If you are experiencing symptoms related to COVID-19, please
visit [4]111.nhs.uk or telephone your GP surgery immediately for further
advice. Do not go to a GP surgery, pharmacy or hospital directly.

If your organisation can offer support to help with the response to
coronavirus, including the supply of personal protective equipment, the
Government has set up an [5]online hub to compile and respond to all
offers. 

If you are clinician looking to support the NHS, please visit the [6]NHS
Professionals website for further information. 

If you are a clinician who has retired within the last 6 years and would
like more information on how to apply for the temporary register, please
visit the [7]NHS England website for further information. 

If you are a student looking to join the NHS, please visit the HEE website
for detailed guidance for [8]nurses and [9]doctors respectively. 

If you are seeking to offer your time to/volunteer for the NHS, please
visit [10]this website for more information.

The Department of Health and Social Care does not process complaints about
the NHS or social services. If you wish to make a complaint about a
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please visit the [11]Complaints Procedure page on GOV.UK.

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FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Ms Hart,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1221018 is now complete. Please see the attached letter for the outcome.

Yours sincerely,

Charlene Carter
Freedom of Information Casework Manager
Department of Health and Social Care
39 Victoria Street, London SW1H 0EU

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

You state individual requests must be submitted at least 60 consecutive days apart. If we were to do that it would take a minimum of 2880 days (48 areas x 60 days) to obtain this information in England for each month. This means you expect us to wait a minimum of 7.8 years for each months' worth of information across England. It is clearly unworkable and and the creators of the Freedom of Information Act obviously did not intend for such an absurd outcome. The matter will therefore be taken up with the Information Commissioner.

Yours sincerely,

Amanda Hart
for Stop UK lies and Corruption.

Amanda Hart left an annotation ()

Sent to ICO 18th June 2020 with related requests.

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Case Reference: IC-43946-V1D0
(Primarily around Northumberland - but since the department combined all areas to push the request over the limit we had no choice but to pass everything they combined to the ICO)