Date lodged: 14 July 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what its response is to the report that Information Services Division (ISD) assisted NHS Dumfries and Galloway in responding to a freedom of information (FOI) request, and what action it will take to ensure that ISD acts wholly independently of NHS boards that supply it with statistics and does not intervene when FOI requests are made to NHS boards.
Answered by: Shona Robison 9 August 2016
Our expectation is that Freedom of Information (FoI) is fully complied with by all NHS Boards. We also recognise that the Information Services Division’s (ISD) role as producers of official and national statistics means that, on occasion, it is appropriate for Health Boards and ISD to discuss FoI requests. National Services Scotland (within which ISD sits) and NHS Dumfries and Galloway, like other public bodies, are responsible for implementing the FoI Act and the Commissioner is responsible for enforcing and promoting FoI. The Scottish Information Commissioner's finding is a matter for NHS Dumfries and Galloway to respond to. The Scottish Government recognises the importance of transparency for all public bodies and, as such, expects all NHS Boards to fully comply with the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.