Recognition of Private Diagnoses

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Dear Department of Health,

please confirm the DoH policy on recognition of private diagnoses. For the avoidance of doubt, this does *not* refer to any condition that the DoH disputes to exist for any reason, *nor* does it refer to any specific follow-up care or treatment that a private practitioner may recommend in association with the diagnosis, that the DoH does not see as a valid or efficacious treatment.

It does include all conditions, whether they be physical or mental health, mental health including neurodevelopmental disorders as they come under that umbrella department.

It does include conditions which may be in diagnostic manuals, but under a slightly different name or definition than current practice recognises (with associated research and/or evidence base), due to evolution of diagnostic manuals over time. If that complicates the question too much, please provide the general policy along with any exclusions and the reason for them.

Please confirm whether the following are the defining policies and provide sources to others that may override them if this is the case:

http://www.nhs.uk/chq/Pages/2572.aspx?Ca...

http://webarchive.nationalarchives.gov.u...

"Private consultations

If you’ve had a private consultation for tests and diagnosis, you can still have treatment on the NHS. Your position on the NHS waiting list should be the same as if your original consultation was on the NHS."

Finally, please confirm what power clinicians have, if any, as regards personal professional opinion, to override any policies on recognition of private diagnoses and for their opinion to inform departmental response and provide reason for this to be allowed.

Yours faithfully,

A.E.

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Dear A.E,

Please find attached the Department of Health's response to your recent
FOI request (our ref: FOI-1097507) 

Yours sincerely,

Edward Franklyn 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health

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Dear Department of Health,

thank you for your reply however: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/help/priv...

"Technically, you must use your real name for your request to be a valid Freedom of Information request in law. See this guidance from the Information Commissioner (October 2007). However, the same guidance also says it is good practice for the public authority to still consider a request made using an obvious pseudonym. You should refer to this if a public authority refuses a request because you used a pseudonym."

This account has been used to request FOIs from a variety of bodies and they have responded without issue, so I am unclear why you have responded this way. The DoH themselves has previously replied to this account, which makes your response even stranger (https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/t...).

I am sure you do not wish to appear to be inflexible or deny a valid FOI request and I therefore await your earliest response, as required in law.

Yours faithfully,

A.E.

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