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Reported "Gagging order" on NHS organisations publishing Brexit Risk Assessments

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am an NHS doctor and medical columnist. I would like to know
1. Whether the Health Secretary's widely reported ban or "gagging order" on NHS organisations publishing their Brexit (including no deal leave) risk assessments/risk registers still stands

2. What advice (e.g. from the law office, officials within the department or the information commissioner) was given about the legality of this action?

3. Whether there are any plans to end the reported ban now that operation Yellowhammer has put lots of key information on risk into the public domain in any case

Yours faithfully,

Professor David Oliver

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I note that i have still received no reply to this FOI despite the deadline having elapsed. I do want to write about this issue and as things stand i will be forced to say "The DHSC declined to comment" so even a bland self-exculpatory unrevealing statement would be better than nothing. "gagging" nhs trusts from revealing their brexit risk assessments is a very serious matter

Yours faithfully,

David Oliver

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Oliver,

Please accept my apology for the delay. You will receive a response in due course.

Please be aware that we cannot carry out an internal review until you have received an initial reply to your FOI request.

Kind regards

E Franklyn.

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Dear Mr Oliver,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1187535  ) 

Yours sincerely,

 Edward Franklyn 

Freedom of Information team
Department of Health and Social Care

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