Dear South East Coast Strategic Health Authority,

1)In respect of the cases involving Drs. Rodney Tate, Adil Shareef, Clifford Ayling and Rodney Ledward, can you please confirm whether the police forces investigating these cases were provided with the doctors' list(s) of current and/or previous patients?

2) Who authorised the release of these lists to police (please give the job role of the person, if not the name)?

3) What was the purpose of providing the police with these patients lists? Please be more specific than e.g. "the investigation of crime".

4)Were these lists used to identify potential "witnesses" (i.e. "victims"?)

5)Do the SECSHA have a policy for when patient lists will be provided to the police (or is this just covered under the general protocol for information sharing with the police)?

6) In respect of each of these cases, did the Health Authority set up some way of publicly contacting potential patient-victims? For example, the 'Patient Helpline' advertised in the Press in relation to the case against Clifford Ayling.

7) Whose decision was it to set up such a helpline?

8) Given that the e.g. alleged victims of Clifford Ayling went on to secure compensation (and that alleged victims of all of the 4 doctors named above) went on to seek compensation, will this have any effect on future policy to advertise for potential patient victims to come forward? Or has the Health Authority revised this? Perhaps there is no policy on advertising for potential "victims" to come forward via a helpline?

Again, I do not need you to disclose any identifying data.

I look forward to hearing from you within the statutory time limit.

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hesketh

Dear South East Coast Strategic Health Authority,

If answering the whole of this request (that is, all questions) would prompt you to invoke the prohibitive costs argument of the FOI Act, I would prefer it if you would please answer my questions in order, up until the statutory costs limit.

My research into this area is in the Public Interest - and will perhaps demonstrate that the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority have a disproportionate number of GPs who have sexually assaulted their patients in this region, compared with other Strategic Health Authorities nationally (and whose patients have claimed compensation as a result). Thus, it is in the Public Interest that SECSHA publicly give information about why this might be the case.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hesketh, LL.B Hons, PG Dip LP

FOI SHA \(NHS South East Coast\), South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

Dear Ms Hesketh,

Thank you for your further e-mail.

Unfortunately, no attachments/questions came through with your e-mail
below, but we did receive these 4 questions from you in seperate
e-mails.

- I would like to know if you conducted an internal investigation into
the case of Dr. Adil Shareef, who was convicted on 5 counts of sexual
assault against patients? If so, can I please have access to the report
of that investigation?

- I would like to know if you conducted an internal investigation into
the case of Dr. Clifford Ayling, a GP from Kent, circa 2000, who was
convicted on 12 counts of sexual assault against 10 patients? If so, can
I please have access to the report of that investigation?

- I would like to know if you conducted an internal investigation into
the case of Dr. Rodney Tate, who was charged, but not convicted of
sexual assault against patients? If so, can I please have access to the
report of that investigation?

- I would like to know if you conducted an internal investigation into
the case of Dr. Rodney Ledward, a consultant Gynaecologist and
Obsterician from Kent, circa 1990s-2000s, who was allegedly negligent in
his care of patients (and who also allegedly sexually assaulted a number
of them). If so, can I please have access to the report of that
investigation?

I assume that these are the questions that you are referring to below,
but do let me know if not.

We are working to include a response to these questions as part of the
wider Freedom of Information Act request that we are currently
processing for you.

We will respond to you as soon as we are in a position to do so.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Whitehead
Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)
Tel 01293 778873

NHS South East Coast
LEADING I INNOVATING I IMPROVING
www.southeastcoast.nhs.uk

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Dear Sarah Whitehead (of NHS South East Coast),

I'm sorry for any confusion. I had thought that you would receive the requests via the 'www.whatdotheyknow.com' website, where the correspondence for each request is shown in order. I have pasted the original request here, with the follow-up note pertaining to it. I hope this now makes sense, but if not, please let me know.

ORIGINAL REQUEST

FROM Wendy Hesketh

DATED 23 March 2011
Dear South East Coast Strategic Health Authority,

1)In respect of the cases involving Drs. Rodney Tate, Adil Shareef, Clifford Ayling and Rodney Ledward, can you please confirm whether the police forces investigating these cases were provided with the
doctors' list(s) of current and/or previous patients?

2) Who authorised the release of these lists to police (please give the job role of the person, if not the name)?

3) What was the purpose of providing the police with these patients lists? Please be more specific than e.g. "the investigation of
crime".

4)Were these lists used to identify potential "witnesses" (i.e. "victims"?)

5)Do the SECSHA have a policy for when patient lists will be provided to the police (or is this just covered under the general protocol for information sharing with the police)?

6) In respect of each of these cases, did the Health Authority set up some way of publicly contacting potential patient-victims? For example, the 'Patient Helpline' advertised in the Press in relation
to the case against Clifford Ayling.

7) Whose decision was it to set up such a helpline?

8) Given that the e.g. alleged victims of Clifford Ayling went on to secure compensation (and that alleged victims of all of the 4 doctors named above) went on to seek compensation, will this have
any effect on future policy to advertise for potential patient victims to come forward? Or has the Health Authority revised this? Perhaps there is no policy on advertising for potential "victims" to come forward via a helpline?

Again, I do not need you to disclose any identifying data.

I look forward to hearing from you within the statutory time limit.

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hesketh

FOLLOW-UP NOTE (amended slightly)

FROM: Wendy Hesketh

DATED: 12 April 2011

Dear South East Coast Strategic Health Authority,

If answering the whole of the request DATED 23rd of MARCH (that is, all 8 questions) would prompt you to invoke the prohibitive costs argument of the FOI Act, I would prefer it if you would please answer my questions in order, up until the statutory costs limit, or advise me how best to refine my request.

My research into this area is in the Public Interest - and will perhaps demonstrate that the South East Coast Strategic Health Authority have a disproportionate number of GPs who have sexually assaulted their patients in this region, compared with other
Strategic Health Authorities nationally (and whose patients have claimed compensation as a result). Thus, it is in the Public Interest that SECSHA publicly give information about why this might be the case.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Yours faithfully,

Wendy Hesketh, LL.B Hons, PG Dip LP

ENDS

The other requests are separate FOI requests. Please treat them accordingly.

With thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hesketh

FOI SHA \(NHS South East Coast\), South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

Dear Ms Hesketh,

Many thanks for your response. We have received each of the questions
below, I just wanted to make sure we hadn't missed any.

We will respond to you as soon as possible.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Whitehead
Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)
Tel 01293 778873

NHS South East Coast
LEADING I INNOVATING I IMPROVING
www.southeastcoast.nhs.uk

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FOI SHA (NHS South East Coast), South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

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Dear Ms Hesketh,

Please find attached a response to your recent Freedom of Information
Act request.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Whitehead
Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)
Tel 01293 778873

NHS South East Coast
LEADING I INNOVATING I IMPROVING
www.southeastcoast.nhs.uk

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FAO Sarah Whitehead(NHS South East Coast)

Dear Sarah,

Thank you so much for providing me with such a detailed response to my FOI request: it's really helpful to my research.

Can you please tell me whether an 'alert letter' was sent out in respect of any of the doctors in my initial request (GPs, Drs. Ledward, Ayling, Tate and Shareef)? I will understand if you wish to decline to answer this in view of the ongoing civil case being brought in respect of the Tate & Shareef cases.

Thanks again for your assistance.

Kind regards.

Yours sincerely,

Wendy Hesketh

FOI SHA \(NHS South East Coast\), South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

Dear Ms Hesketh,

Thank you for your further request for information.

We are processing your request, and will write to you again shortly if
we need any clarification or when we are in a position to respond. We
are required to respond to your request within 20 working days.

If we can be of any further assistance to you in the meantime, please do
not hesitate to contact me.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Whitehead
Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)
Tel 01293 778873

NHS South East Coast
LEADING I INNOVATING I IMPROVING
www.southeastcoast.nhs.uk

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FOI SHA (NHS South East Coast), South East Coast Strategic Health Authority

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Dear Ms Hesketh,

Please find attached a response to your further request.

Yours sincerely,

Sarah Whitehead
Senior Communications Officer (Public Affairs)
Tel 01293 778873

NHS South East Coast
LEADING I INNOVATING I IMPROVING
www.southeastcoast.nhs.uk

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