Source of “Deaths within 28 days of a positive test result” statistics.

The request was refused by British Broadcasting Corporation.

Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

Information from Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 responses from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) and the National Records of Scotland (NRS) respectively identifies that positive test results for “COVID-19" are not recorded on Death Certificates as a matter of course. This clearly raises questions about where the BBC are sourcing the daily statistics for “deaths within 28 days of a positive test result" for COVID-19.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 what is the recorded source of the statistics for “deaths within 28 days of a positive test result" for COVID-19 that are used by the BBC in it's news reports?

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

Dear J Grove,

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, as detailed in your email below. Your request was received on 13 March 2021. We will deal with your request as promptly as possible, and at the latest within 20 working days. If you have any queries about your request, please contact us at the address below.

The reference number for your request is RFI20210451.

Kind regards,

Information Rights

BBC Freedom of Information
BC2 A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane
London W12 7TP

www.bbc.co.uk/foi
Email: [BBC request email]

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FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear J Grove,

                                            

Please find attached the response to your request for information,
reference RFI2021-0451.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

BBC Information Rights

Room BC2 A4

Broadcast Centre

White City

London

W12 7TS

UK

 

Website: [1]www.bbc.co.uk/foi

Email: [2]mailto:[BBC request email]

 

 

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Dear British Broadcasting Corporation,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of British Broadcasting Corporation's handling of my FOI request 'Source of “Deaths within 28 days of a positive test result” statistics.'.

Thanks for the information provided in the response to this request. Thanks for the legal position provided but an Internal Review is requested as I am dissatisfied with the response. The legal position provided stated "Part VI of Schedule 1 to the Act provides that information held by the BBC and the other public service broadcasters is only covered by the Act if it is held for ‘purposes other than those of journalism, art or literature”. The BBC is not required to supply information held for the purposes of creating the BBC’s output or information that supports and is closely associated with these creative activities1."

The provision of statistical information sourced from a government cannot be viewed as "art" or "literature" and as the information is simply sourced from the UK Government, and the UK Government detailed as the source in news reports, then this provision cannot be viewed as "journalism" but better categorised as "Government propaganda".

You have a duty of assist the requester in providing information that is recorded when Part VI of Schedule 1 does not apply as I believe is the case here.

Please provide the UK Government Department where the "deaths within 28 days of a positive test" statistics are sourced from because the ONS and NRS don’t seem to be able to extract this data from the death certificates and the public deserve to know where the numbers come from.

Thank you for conducting the review.

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

Yours faithfully,

J Grove

FOI Enquiries, British Broadcasting Corporation

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Dear J Grove,

 

Thank you for your email. As stated in our response, the BBC does not
offer an internal review when the information requested is not covered by
the Act. However, if you disagree with our decision you can appeal to the
Information Commissioner using the following contact details: Information
Commissioner's Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9
5AF, tel: 0303 123 1113 or see [1]http://www.ico.org.uk.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Rights, BBC Legal

BC2A4, Broadcast Centre
201 Wood Lane, London W12 7TP

 

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