Force Medical Advisor (6833_15)

Request

I would be grateful if you will answer my questions, below,
concerning doctors used by your force:

In respect of any actions undertaken by them concerning the Police
Pensions Regulations 1987 and the Police (Injury Benefit)
Regulations 2006, I wish to know –

The full names and GMC registration numbers of all doctors who have
acted in any capacity identified above for your force from 1st
January 2010 to the present time.

Of these, please identify which doctor or doctors are currently
engaged by your force as Force Medical Advisor (or in a role which
is entitled differently but which fulfils similar functions) and
which doctor or doctors are currently engaged by your force in the
role of selected medical practitioner (SMP) and which doctor or
doctors are no longer engaged by the force.

If data protection issues are considered, I suggest you could ask
the doctors whether they agree to release of their names and GMC
numbers.

Should you need to seek clarification of this request, then it
would be much appreciated if you ask promptly so I can assist you
without delay.

Response

We can confirm that Dr Haider Bhogadia is the Force Medical Advisor and also acts as Selected Medical Practitioner on some occasions when appropriate. His GMC registration is 3351730.
The details of the two other doctors are being withheld as this information is exempt under Section 40 (2) of the FOI Act.

REASONS FOR DECISION

The Freedom of Information Act places two responsibilities on public authorities, the first of which is to confirm what information it holds and secondly to then disclose that information, unless exemptions apply.

These exemptions and explanatory notes are shown here:

http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/docs/advice-centre/foi/exemptions.pdf

Section 40 (2) is an absolute and class based exemption if to release the information exists would breach the third party’s data protection rights. In this case to release this personal information would not constitute fair processing of the data and therefore would breach the first of the principles within the Data Protection Act 1998. As this exemption is class based I am not required to identify the harm in disclosure and in this instance I believe that the right to privacy outweighs any public interest in release.

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