As I’ve been following the electronic and paper trails around the South West Pay, Terms and Conditions cartel (SWC), trying to find out some of the truths about their aims and motivation, and their communications with the Department of Health, I’ve encountered a variety of responses from the cartel’s member Trusts.

Some have provided fairly good responses. Some have failed to respond at all so far, even though the deadlines set by the Freedom of Information Act have passed. And some have formally refused to provide the information on a variety of grounds – mostly either that it would exceed the time/cost limits set by the FOI Act, or by claiming exemption for commercially sensitive information. I’ve challenged all these refusals and am waiting for the outcomes.

I sent one request only to Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, asking for copies of all emails sent by 3 key personnel…

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