Register of payments from pharmaceutical companies to staff

David Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

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Dear Cwm Taf Local Health Board,

Hospital trusts are reportedly meant to keep a register of payments from pharmaceutical companies (and other relevant companies) to staff, in case of conflicts of interest [1].

I am requesting:

1. A copy of the register for this Trust.

Which I would hope includes details of all relevant payments to staff and any related potential conflicts of interest. If it would be possible to have this information in an appropriate structured data format - for example, a CSV file - this would be helpful.

If this Trust does not have a complete register, I request:

1. the release of the information on this topic that the Trust does
hold.
2. An explanation of why the Trust does not hold a complete
register.

I am aware that some would view data on pharmaceutical funding as personal data for those staff receiving the funding. Even if some of the information on this register may be classed as personal data (although this is contestable - for example, in some sectors of academia information re funding sources is made public as a matter of course) it would be covered by paragraph 6 of Schedule 2 of the Data Protection Act. The release of these data is "necessary for the purposes of legitimate interests pursued by the data controller or by the third party or parties to whom the data are disclosed" [2]. Spurling et al's systematic review of how information from pharmaceutical companies impacts physicians' prescribing reported that, of the studies included which looked at total promotional investment, three "found that total promotional investment was positively associated with prescribing frequency...Two...found both positive results and no association...One study did not detect an association" [3]. There is thus a legitimate interest in releasing this register: the available research suggests that it is plausible that payments received influence how public money is spent and the type of care provided to members of the public.

For the reasons given above, there is a strong public interest in releasing this information. While "requests for the personal data of a third party are exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act...if disclosure would contravene section 10 of the Data Protection Act, the right to prevent processing likely to cause damage or distress" [2], I would argue that, even if some of those named in these documents feel that their release would cause them damage or distress, this is outweighed by the significant public interest served by releasing these data.

Yours faithfully,

David Carroll

[1]http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/a...
[2]http://www.justice.gov.uk/downloads/info...
[3]http://www.plosmedicine.org/article/info...

Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

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Dear Mr Carroll.,

 

Freedom of Information Request:  Our Reference CTHB_109_13

 

Thank you for your request for information.  We are currently processing
your request and will be in touch shortly.

 

We aim to provide you with a full response within 20 working days from
receipt of your request as required by the Freedom of Information Act.  If
this is not possible we will of course let you know.

 

In the meantime should you have any queries, please contact me, on 01443
744835 or [1][email address].

 

Kind regards

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Claire Northwell

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Development

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Cwm Taf Local Health Board

[Cwm Taf LHB Headquarters], Rhondda Cynon Taf Locality Office, Ynysmeurig
House  Unit 3 Navigation Park

Abercynon

Rhondda Cynon Taf

CF45 4SN

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Claire Northwell (Cwm Taf LHB - Corporate Development), Cwm Taf Morgannwg University Health Board

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Dear Mr Carroll,

 

Freedom of Information Request : Our Reference CTHB_109_13

 

Further to your request for information, please see the response from Cwm
Taf Health Board attached.

 

Please contact the Corporate Services Department if you have any queries.

 

Kind regards,

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Claire Northwell

Information Governance Officer

Corporate Development

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Cwm Taf Local Health Board

[Cwm Taf LHB Headquarters], Rhondda Cynon Taf Locality Office, Ynysmeurig
House  Unit 3 Navigation Park

Abercynon

Rhondda Cynon Taf

CF45 4SN

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