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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50070234
  • Date: 24 August 2006
  • Public Authority: Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Trust
  • Summary: The complainant asked Surrey Oaklands NHS Trust for a copy of a report of an investigation into the financial affairs of its predecessor, Lifecare NHS Trust. The trust withheld the report, citing the exemptions in sections 31, 41 and 42 of the Act. The Commissioner has decided that the trust had correctly applied section 41 to the information in the report relating to allegations about individuals against whom charges were dropped or relating to individuals who gave evidence to the report’s authors, the release of which would be an actionable breach of confidence. However, the Commissioner considered that the trust had not correctly applied sections 31 and 42 to the remaining information in the report, which should be released to the complainant.
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