Request for Minutes

S Carroll made this Freedom of Information request to Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I am writing to request the minutes of the 17 accountability meetings which took place with DHSC & The EIBSS between the 01/01/19 - 01/01/20.

The minutes of the 11 meetings which took place with DHSC & The Infected Blood Policy Team between 01/10/19 - 01/12/20.

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear Department of Health and Social Care,

I writing as a reminder to the F.O.I.

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

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 'Request for Minutes'.

My complaint is DHSC have not responded within the time frame set out in law & my F.O.I requests have not been dealt with in the most sensitive & professional manner.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Carroll,

Thank you for your further email. I apologise for the length of time it is taking to respond to your FOI request.

DHSC does not conduct internal reviews until a response to the initial case has been issued. Although organisations can choose to conduct an internal review to assess the handling process where they have taken more than 20 working days to respond, DHSC uses the internal review process once the initial case is complete to ensure that any exemptions that have been used have been applied correctly, and that all information within the scope of the request was considered.

We will therefore not be conducting an internal review. We will respond to your FOI request as soon as we are able.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

The review is well past its 20 day limit required by law & as such is I am entitled to request an internal review.
If the review is not completed I will be referring it ICO on 26th of April as it will 39 days since the request was made.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

Dear FreedomofInformation,

I am writing as there has been active action taken to answer this F.O.I #737591 as you can see the date required by law has been well exceeded & leave no alternative to pass this over to the ICO.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

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 'Request for Minutes'.

My compliant is this has not been dealt with within the timeframe required by law.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

FreedomofInformation, Department of Health and Social Care

Dear Mr Carroll,

Thank you for your further email. I apologise for the length of time it is taking to respond to your FOI request.

DHSC does not conduct internal reviews until a response to the initial case has been issued. Although organisations can choose to conduct an internal review to assess the handling process where they have taken more than 20 working days to respond, DHSC uses the internal review process once the initial case is complete to ensure that any exemptions that have been used have been applied correctly, and that all information within the scope of the request was considered.

We will therefore not be conducting an internal review. We will respond to your FOI request as soon as we are able.

Yours sincerely,

FOI Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear FreedomofInformation,

Thank you rapid response to an email,. its unfortunate your response hasn't been as quick to the F.O.I request. I will now be passing that matter to ICO as an internal review can be requested& should be initiated after the 20 day period has elapsed. On this occasion you have chosen not do this.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

Dear FreedomofInformation,

Thank you for email.

I have passed this issue to ICO for their consideration on the way this request has been dealt with by your department.

Yours sincerely,

S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear S Carroll,

Please find attached the Department of Health and Social Care's response
to your recent FOI request (our ref: FOI-1315597).

Yours sincerely, 

Piper Hewitt-Dudding
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.

Thank you for your response, however I am writing to request an internal review of Department of Health and Social Care's handling of my FOI request 'Request for Minutes'.

1. The requested for minutes of the 17 accountability meetings which took place with DHSC & The EIBSS between the 01/01/19 - 01/01/20. I have information that all these meeting were minuted from a previous F.O.I to another Department within Government, so would ask this is looked at again.

2. The requested minutes of the 11 meetings which took place with DHSC & The Infected Blood Policy Team between 01/10/19 - 01/12/20 again I have information from a previous F.O.I to a different Department of Government these meetings were indeed minuted & I recall one set of minutes from IBT been produced as evidence at The Infected Blood Inquiry when Brendan Brown, Matt Hancock & William Vineall gave evidence.

I look forward to your response.

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

Yours faithfully,

S Carroll

Department of Health and Social Care

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The answers to many other questions can be found on [2]GOV.UK,
the [3]Department of Health and Social Care website or by visiting
the [4]NHS website. We may not respond to you if the answer to your
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for, can be found at [5]this website. 

If your business is interested in helping the Government increase
COVID-19 testing capacity, please visit [6]this Government website. Please
note the service that was set up for businesses to offer other
COVID-19 support has closed.

If you are a clinician looking to support the NHS with the COVID-19
response, please visit [7]this website, where you will find a variety of
required roles for both registered and unregistered individuals.

If you are a clinician who has retired within the last six years and are
considering a return to the NHS, please visit [8]this website.

If you are a member of the public wishing to volunteer during the
pandemic, please visit [9]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
healthcare professional, an NHS organisation or a social care provider,
please visit the [10]complaints procedure page on the Government website.

You can find out more about the Department’s commitments from
our [11]Personal Information Charter.

 

 

 

 

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Department of Health and Social Care

Dear S Carroll,

I apologise for the delay in you receiving a response to your internal
review (our ref:IR-1335004).

The Department of Health and Social Care is still considering your request
and we will respond as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely, 

Ed Franklyn
Freedom of Information Team
Department of Health and Social Care

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Department of Health and Social Care

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Dear S Carroll,

Your requested internal review of FOI-1315597 is now complete. Please see
the attached letter for the outcome..

Yours sincerely,

FOI Internal Reviews
Department of Health and Social Care

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