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Surgeons referred to Advice service

Freedom of information request details

FOI request date:

Service: Practitioner Performance Advice

The following information was requested:

Thank you for your email of 21 February 2021 in which you requested further information from the Practitioner Performance Advice (Advice) service following your previous FOIA request dated 12 January 2021.

Firstly, we would like to acknowledge that there is a slight correction to be made to the information shared with you in January following a data quality review of our cases. Previously, we identified that there were 821 requests for advice about practitioners who were surgeons between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2020 (financial years). A recent internal review of Advice cases and the criteria used to provide you with the information flagged that this number is actually 820. Please do accept our apologies for this. We have provided revised figures to readdress your initial FOIA request in Appendix A. It may be helpful to note that information we hold in relation to live cases can be subject to change owing to case updates from the parties with whom we are engaging and other steps we may take periodically to ensure our records are complete and accurate.

For the FOIA request dated 21 January you have asked for additional information for the years 2015-2020 about the number of surgeons who were a subject of Advice cases. Please note that some information we hold may be listed as ‘not known’ for one of two key reasons: this information has chosen not to be disclosed to Advice by the employing organisation or practitioner or that we are awaiting confirmation of the information from the organisation/individual practitioner prior to recording this on our case management system to ensure it is accurate.

For this latest FOIA request (received on 22 February 2021) you would like to know:

1. An ethnicity breakdown for these surgeons

2. Breakdown by grade – Consultant, Trainee or other non-training grade.

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