Thursday, 3 December 2020

Royal College response


Thursday 03 December 2020

 DIRECT TELEPHONE: +44 (0) 207 772 6200


Ms Emma Goode: Sent by email


Dear Ms Goode and Mr Morris,

 Re: Request for Information (RFI) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) – MORRIS_FOI_20201125


Thank you for your two RFIs submitted under the FOIA, received Wednesday 25

November 2020.


Your request

Please see a copy of your requests attached and our response below.

 Your letters contain a mixture of requests for medical advice, Ms Goode’s personal data and questions concerning the clinical treatment Ms Goode received in response to her current medical condition.


For your background information:

·         The Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) governs the handling and disclosure of official information held by public authorities, such as NHS Trusts and hospitals.

·         The General Data Protection Regulation 2016 (GDPR) governs the handling and disclosure of personal data held by all organisations.

·         The hospital who delivered the clinical treatment is responsible for the delivery of that treatment and has the expertise to provide medical advice.


Our response

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (the College) is not a public authority and therefore not subject to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).


The College does not hold any of Ms Goode’s personal data requested and cannot answer to the clinical care delivered so you and Ms Goode need to redirect these questions to the

(ICO): If you are unhappy with the clinical care delivered by the hospital, you are able to complain to them directly or to the NHS:


In addition to the above advice and guidance with regard to your rights of access to an organisation’s information, you may find a helpful public information leaflet relevant to Ms Goode’s condition from the following College website page:


Your next steps

If you have any further queries about this RFI, please contact the Information Governance (IG) Team using the email and postal address at the top of this letter or call us between 9:00am 4:30pm (UK time) Monday to Friday.


If you are unhappy with how we handled your request and would like to make a complaint, please contact the College with any further queries: us/policies/complaints-policy/.



Yours sincerely,
Ms Ciara Shimidzu
Head of Information and Governance