Disclosure Details

Custody healthcare - 584/13

Dated: 19 Aug 2013

Date of request:      30/07/2013

Date of response:   19/08/2013

Provision of information held by Northumbria Police made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (the 'Act')(FOIA)

Thank you for your email dated 30 July 2013 in which you made a request for access to certain information which may be held by Northumbria Police.

As you may be aware the purpose of the Act is to allow a general right of access to information held by a Public Authority (including the Police), subject to certain limitations and exemptions.

You asked: 

Forensic Medical Services in Custody
Could you please provide the following information concerning custody healthcare services procured by your force? (if using an external provider).  Please advise if using directly sourced personnel.

  1. The name of the current provider of healthcare services within the force custody suites. 

  2. The commencement and end date for the current contract. 

  3. The charges for this service
    ·         2012
    ·         2011
    ·         2010 

  4. The number of assessments/examination for the 3 years above. 

  5. The number of medical staff located on site and where 

  6. The number of medical staff on-call.

In response:

We have now had the opportunity to fully consider your request and I provide a response for your attention.

Following receipt of your request, searches were conducted with the Criminal Justice Department of Northumbria Police. I can confirm that the information you have requested is held by Northumbria Police.
I have decided to disclose the information as follows

  1. Northumbria Police does not have a contract for the provision of custody Medical Expert services however it does have service level agreements with individual doctors to provide the service. 

  2. N/a 

  3. 2012/13 £1,399,681 
    2011/12 £1,626,068 
    2010/11 £1,678,534 

  4. In order to assist, the approximate number of assessments/examinations is given below.  To give exact numbers would require a complete review of all claim forms submitted by medical experts as there may be more than one assessment or examination recorded on each form.  This full review would exceed the permitted time of 18 hours under the Acts legislation to establish.
    Financial Year 2010/11 – 22,283
    Financial Year 2011/12 – 23,134.
    Information for 2012/13 is not yet available. 

  5. No medical staff are located on site. All current doctors are on call 

  6. We currently have four on call at any one time.

Due to the different methods of recording information across 43 forces, a specific response from one constabulary should not be seen as an indication of what information could be supplied (within cost) by another.  Systems used for recording these figures are not generic, nor are the procedures used locally in capturing the data.  For this reason responses between forces may differ, and should not be used for comparative purposes.

The information we have supplied to you is likely to contain intellectual property rights of Northumbria Police.  Your use of the information must be strictly in accordance with the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 (as amended) or such other applicable legislation.  In particular, you must not re-use this information for any commercial purpose.

How to complain

If you are unhappy with our decision or do not consider that we have handled your request properly and we are unable to resolve this issue informally, you are entitled to make a formal complaint to us under our complaints procedure which can be found at: http://www.northumbria.police.uk/foi/disclosurelog/foicomprights.asp

If you are still unhappy after we have investigated your complaint and reported to you the outcome, you may complain directly to the Information Commissioner’s Office and request that they investigate to ascertain whether we have dealt with your request in accordance with the Act.


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