Commissioner says Oxford NHS Trust has breached FOI Law over Infected Blood Products information

The Information Commisioner’s Office has today served a decision notice to Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust regarding the way in which it has handled a Freedom of Information request placed by Factor 8. The request sought some correspondence to/from the Haemophilia Centre Director during 2018.

The ICO said that:

The Commissioner’s decision is that the Trust has failed to comply with its obligations under section 10 of the FOIA.

The notice relates to a FOI request we placed in early March, which over two months later had still not receive a response from Oxford. The ICO Said:

5. The request was acknowledged on 7 March 2019 and the complainant chased up a response on 6 April 2019. The Trust wrote to the complainant on 8 April 2019 stating the response was still being collated.

6. The Commissioner wrote to the Trust on 14 May 2019 to establish if a response had been sent. The Trust confirmed on 16 May 2019 it was still processing the request. The complainant wrote to the Commissioner on 30 May 2019 stating that a response had still not been received.

7. The complainant contacted the Commissioner on 13 May 2019 to complain about the failure by the Trust to respond to his request.

Concluding the notice, the ICO said:

11. From the evidence provided to the Commissioner in this case, it is clear that the Trust has not dealt with the request for information in accordance with the FOIA. The Commissioner finds that the Trust has breached section 10(1) by failing to respond to the request within 20 working days and it is now required to respond to the request in accordance with the FOIA.

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