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Friday, December 31, 2004

FOI request - Wells review/report on NHSU

I am today sending the letter below to the Department of Health to request under the Freedom of Information Act a copy of the Wells review of the NHSu.

Freedom of Information Officer

Open government section

Department of Health,

PO Box 777,

London SE1 6XH


Dear Sir/Madam,

I am writing to make an open government request for all the information to which I am entitled under the freedom of information act. In order to assist you with this request, I am outlining my query as specifically as possible. If however this request is too wide or too unclear, I would be grateful if you could contact me as I understand that under the act, you are required to advise and assist requesters.

I wish to obtain a copy of the report of the study about the National Health Service university (NHSu) which was chaired by Sir William Wells. This work was a “more detailed study” into the NHSu following on from the report “Reconfiguring the Department of Health’s Arm’s length Bodies”. I understand the Wells review/report was discussed at the NHSu board meetings on 22nd July and 30th Sept.

I contacted my MP Dan Norris in October and received a copy of a reply from John Hutton (Ref: P05005693 dated 9th Nov 2004) stating that the DoH intended to publish the findings from this report “shortly” on the department web site. I have searched both the DoH and NHSu web sites and can not find this report.

I understand that under the act, I should be entitled to a response within 20 working days. I would be grateful if you could confirm in writing that you have received this request. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future.


Rod Ward


Information Requests, NHSU, 15th Floor, 88 Wood Street, London, EC2V 7RS

Dan Norris MP


  • Good luck with this request, Rod. It has the potential to be an interesting test case, and I'm sure a lot of people will be interested to know how it goes - and in the content of the report if you are successful.

    Cheers, Peter Murray

    By Peter, at 3:01 PM  

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