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Dear Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust,

I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to request information on how many unclaimed bodies you currently have in your morgues/mortuaries. For each case could you please let me know the name of the hospital, the length of time the body has been stored there, the gender and age and if possible, the reason for why the body remains unclaimed.

Yours faithfully,

Andy Rudd

FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear  Mr Rudd

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST Ref:  6645

Thank you for your request for information as detailed below (if I have
misunderstood any part of your request, please let me know as soon as
possible, otherwise I shall continue to retrieve the information as
outlined):

 

1)       I am writing to you under the Freedom of Information Act to
request information on how many unclaimed bodies you currently have in
your morgues/mortuaries. For each case could you please let me know the
name of the hospital, the length of time the body has been stored there,
the gender and age and if possible, the reason for why the body remains
unclaimed.

 

Your request was received on 05^th June 2019 and I am dealing with it
under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case I will
let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be
required to pay before I will proceed to deal with your request.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless
the Royal Cornwall Hospital does not hold the information or there is a
reason for it to be withheld. I will write to you in any event.

If you have any requirements regarding the format any information should
be supplied in, e.g. the language to be used, audio, large print and so
on, then please let me know.

Further information about your rights is also available from the
Information Commissioner at:

 

Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45

[1]www.ico.gov.uk

 

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any
queries or concerns (please remember to quote the reference number in any
future correspondence).

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jemma Dunstan

Information Governance Team

 

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FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Mr Rudd

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST : 6645

I acknowledge your request for information received 05^th June 2019.  In
that request you asked:

 

1)       How many unclaimed bodies you currently have in your
morgues/mortuaries. For each case could you please let me know the name of
the hospital, the length of time the body has been stored there, the
gender and age and if possible, the reason for why the body remains
unclaimed.

Unfortunately I cannot identify the information you have requested from
the details you have provided.  To ensure that I deal with your request
correctly, I would be most grateful if you could please clarify the
following:

 

1)       Please could you clarify the term ‘Unclaimed’

 

Please note that  I will not be able to take this matter further without
your clarification.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, then please do not hesitate to
contact me (please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications).

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to the Information Governance Manger 2nd Floor Knowledge
Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3LJ or e-mail
[1][email address]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45

[2]www.ico.gov.uk

I look forward to your response.

 

Yours sincerely

Jemma Dunstan

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FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Mr Rudd

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST Ref: 6645

 

Further to my email correspondence 06^th June 2019 , I note that you have
not responded and wondered if I could be of any assistance?

 

In that correspondence, I advised that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS
Trust (RCHT) would be unable to proceed with your request for information
without further clarification (as detailed in the email below) - please
advise?

 

If I do not receive a response by 28^th August 2019, then I shall assume
that you no longer wish to proceed with your request for information
and RCHT will take no further action with this request.

 

I look forward to your response and please do not hesitate to contact me
should you require any further assistance.

 

Kind regards

 

Jemma Dunstan

Royal Cornwall Hospital

 

From: FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST)
Sent: 06 June 2019 11:25
To: [FOI #580971 email]
Subject: FOI Ref 6645_Further Information Required_06th June
2019_Unclaimed Bodies_RCHT

 

Dear Mr Rudd

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST : 6645

I acknowledge your request for information received 05^th June 2019.  In
that request you asked:

 

1)       How many unclaimed bodies you currently have in your
morgues/mortuaries. For each case could you please let me know the name of
the hospital, the length of time the body has been stored there, the
gender and age and if possible, the reason for why the body remains
unclaimed.

Unfortunately I cannot identify the information you have requested from
the details you have provided.  To ensure that I deal with your request
correctly, I would be most grateful if you could please clarify the
following:

 

1)       Please could you clarify the term ‘Unclaimed’

 

Please note that  I will not be able to take this matter further without
your clarification.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, then please do not hesitate to
contact me (please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications).

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to the Information Governance Manger 2nd Floor Knowledge
Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3LJ or e-mail
[1][email address]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45

[2]www.ico.gov.uk

I look forward to your response.

 

Yours sincerely

Jemma Dunstan

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FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Mr Rudd

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST Ref: 6645

 

Please be advised that as I have not received a response to my email
correspondence below, I assume that you no longer wish to proceed with
your request for information and I can confirm that the Royal Cornwall
Hospitals NHS Trust will not take this matter further.  The Freedom of
Information Act 2000, Section 1 (3) states:

 

1  General right of access to information held by public authorities.

    (3)  Where a public authority -

           (a)  reasonably requires further information in order to
identify and locate the information requested,

            and

           (b)  has informed the applicant of that requirement,

     the authority is not obliged to comply with subsection (1) unless it
is supplied with that further information.

 

I have today closed off the request; any future request received will be
treated as a new request and allocated a new reference number.  I look
forward to being of assistance in the future.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Jemma Dunstan

 

 

From: FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST)
Sent: 20 June 2019 12:56
To: [FOI #580971 email]
Subject: FOI Ref 6645_Further Information Required_20th June
2019_Unclaimed Bodies_RCHT

 

Dear Mr Rudd

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST Ref: 6645

 

Further to my email correspondence 06^th June 2019 , I note that you have
not responded and wondered if I could be of any assistance?

 

In that correspondence, I advised that the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS
Trust (RCHT) would be unable to proceed with your request for information
without further clarification (as detailed in the email below) - please
advise?

 

If I do not receive a response by 28^th August 2019, then I shall assume
that you no longer wish to proceed with your request for information
and RCHT will take no further action with this request.

 

I look forward to your response and please do not hesitate to contact me
should you require any further assistance.

 

Kind regards

 

Jemma Dunstan

Royal Cornwall Hospital

 

From: FOI (ROYAL CORNWALL HOSPITALS NHS TRUST)
Sent: 06 June 2019 11:25
To: [FOI #580971 email]
Subject: FOI Ref 6645_Further Information Required_06th June
2019_Unclaimed Bodies_RCHT

 

Dear Mr Rudd

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 - INFORMATION REQUEST : 6645

I acknowledge your request for information received 05^th June 2019.  In
that request you asked:

 

1)       How many unclaimed bodies you currently have in your
morgues/mortuaries. For each case could you please let me know the name of
the hospital, the length of time the body has been stored there, the
gender and age and if possible, the reason for why the body remains
unclaimed.

Unfortunately I cannot identify the information you have requested from
the details you have provided.  To ensure that I deal with your request
correctly, I would be most grateful if you could please clarify the
following:

 

1)       Please could you clarify the term ‘Unclaimed’

 

Please note that  I will not be able to take this matter further without
your clarification.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, then please do not hesitate to
contact me (please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications).

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should write to the Information Governance Manger 2nd Floor Knowledge
Spa, Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 3LJ or e-mail
[1][email address]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or review, you
may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision.
Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by the Royal Cornwall Hospital.

 

The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113 or 01625 54 57 45

[2]www.ico.gov.uk

I look forward to your response.

 

Yours sincerely

Jemma Dunstan

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