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What to ask and how to ask it. Part of the OurNHS Resource Guide. 

OurNHS
10 December 2013

Suggested questions for campaigners’ - This False Economy guide from early 2012 is out of date in relation to NHS law - but has some useful advice on asking questions of officials and politicians, with or without using Freedom of Information rights.

How to use the Freedom of Information Act’ - a guide from the Campaign for Freedom of Information.

What do they know? is a useful website for submitting Freedom of Information requests and you can also use it to see what kind of questions others are asking.

Addresses for sending Freedom of Information requests to local CCGs.

Addresses for sending Freedom of Information requests to national bodies like Monitor and NHS England.

Find out what contracts are being put out to tender or ‘Any Qualified Provider’(a kind of tendering) in your area (click on ‘find new opportunities’). 

Whether services have already been privatised, or are threatened with it, or you just don’t know yet, ask some of the questions suggested in the TUC guide (especially p14-15) or the Keep Our NHS Public CCG guide.

Find find official figures on bed shortages and waiting times via Full Fact Finder.

Stop the secrecy: Publish the NHS COVID data deals


To: Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care

We’re calling on you to immediately release details of the secret NHS data deals struck with private companies, to deliver the NHS COVID-19 datastore.

We, the public, deserve to know exactly how our personal information has been traded in this ‘unprecedented’ deal with US tech giants like Google, and firms linked to Donald Trump (Palantir) and Vote Leave (Faculty AI).

The COVID-19 datastore will hold private, personal information about every single one of us who relies on the NHS. We don’t want our personal data falling into the wrong hands.

And we don’t want private companies – many with poor reputations for protecting privacy – using it for their own commercial purposes, or to undermine the NHS.

The datastore could be an important tool in tackling the pandemic. But for it to be a success, the public has to be able to trust it.

Today, we urgently call on you to publish all the data-sharing agreements, data-impact assessments, and details of how the private companies stand to profit from their involvement.

The NHS is a precious public institution. Any involvement from private companies should be open to public scrutiny and debate. We need more transparency during this pandemic – not less.


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