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Decision Summary

  • Case Ref: FS50201819
  • Date: 27 July 2009
  • Public Authority: Department of Health
  • Summary: The complainant requested the legal advice given to the Department of Health (DoH) regarding the proposed implementation of the NHS database (the ‘Spine’). His request was declined by the DoH relying on the section 42(1) exemption concerning legal professional privilege. The Commissioner has considered the application of this exemption and is satisfied that the public authority has applied the section 42(1) exemption correctly and that the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the public interest in disclosing the information. This decision notice is currently under appeal to the Information Tribunal.
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