I would be grateful if you will arrange to provide full documentation concerning the provision of a new medical centre in Hextable to replace the two existing surgeries, together with any other plans to improve both services and facilities in this village.
A new medical centre was announced on June 4th 2004 at a meeting of the Hextable Residents Association and confirmed in writing at that time.
I trust you will be willing to provide minutes of all meetings and discussion, copies of internal memos, correspondence and statements and any other relevant material covering the period from June 2004 to the nearest convenient date on which you forward the requested information.
Such information should allow us a fair and reasonable explanation of the six year delay and the difficulties the PCT has had, and continues to experience, in honouring the undertaking of June 2004.
Such information is anticipated to confirm that the proposed improvements to the National Health Service in Hextable are, and remain, a priority, as previously stations, and explain the PCTs definition of priority. The information should identify discussions, formal and informal, with the planning authority concerning the several possible sites. Such documentation should also – and is requested – explain why Dr Sharma, at the Manzoori surgery, remains with the same locum status she arrived with, and also record the views of a Dr A.K. Mathappen of the Hextable Surgery on the PCTs plans, and, particularly, the extent of his willingness to co-operate with those plans.
In assessing your request in line with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we regret that we are unable to comply with your request because we believe this information is exempt from disclosure under:
Section 12 – The Act provides an exemption where the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit. As you may expect, the commissioning of new services leads to the creation of a substantially large volume of documentation. The Freedom of Information Act allows for a reasonable period of time to be spent on responding to requests and your request, in its current form, would substantially go beyond this. We invite you to refine your request to a narrower scope and resubmit your request.