Western Isles NHS
20th August 2013
Dear Dr Gordon
Request for information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002
Please find below the reply to your FOI request. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise on behalf of NHS Western Isles for the delay in generating this reply. As a result of this incident and the recent correspondence with the Information Commissioners Office concerning it, we are undertaking an internal review of our FOI process to ensure that our systems and future performance are improved.
NHS Western Isles has operated or carried out audits on a yearly basis to capture payments from pharmaceutical companies to staff for a number of years. This has operated at both Primary and Secondary care levels, however it is not currently captured in one register, mainly because GPs are independent contractors.
The audit regardless of care sector takes the form of individual letter and a form which when returned are kept in one file (this is currently paper based in both primary and secondary care.
Every individual asked has replied, in each of the years run and to date there have been no incidents recorded where any payment has been received. It has been agreed that we will be merging both the data sets and the Information Governance Function is currently designing a format for recording this information on line.
Data Protection Office
37 South Beach
Full communication with NHS western Isles can be found here: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/register_of_payments_from_pharma_164#incoming-421830
Alex Neil, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Wellbeing, on this matter: