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Freedom of Information and Health and Safety

This blog is aimed at shaming those who ignore health and safety and those who abuse the Freedom of Information Act out of laziness, corruption or to cover up incompetence.

Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital PFI Refusal

PFI Hospitals Posted on Sat, May 28, 2016 06:10:58

Email sent


review your decision because I do not accept your refusal is lawful.



On 27 May 2016, at 16:18, FOI BOARD HQ <>

Dear Mr Dransfield


to your request for information received on 30 April 2016, I am now able to
provide a response on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.

is attached together with information which describes your right to request a
review and subsequently to appeal to the Scottish Information Commissioner if
you are dissatisfied with our response or our handling of your request.

hope this is helpful but if you require additional information or if I can
provide further advice and assistance under the Act, please contact me at the
details below.


Alison Flynn | Freedom of
Information Manager | NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde

Board HQ | J B Russell House |
Gartnavel Royal Hospital

1055 Great Western Road |
Glasgow | G12 0XH

0141 201 4461 w:

From: Alan Dransfield
Sent: 03 May 2016 20:34
Subject: Re: Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital Glasgow – Our ref 11713

Thank you Alison and that is correct my request is For the
Royal Hospital for children



Sent from my iPad

On 3 May 2016, at 17:41, FOI BOARD HQ <>

Dear Mr Dransfield


Thank you for your enquiry received on 30 April 2016, for
information held by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde as described in your email

You have indicated that the subject of your request is
the Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital Glasgow.

From this, I take it that your request is in relation to
the Royal Hospital for Children (rather than the Queen Elizabeth University
Hospital) and we will take your request forward on that basis.

It would however be helpful if you could confirm that
this assumption is correct.

We are dealing with this under our procedures for
requests made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.
Our reference for your request is 11713.

A response will be issued as soon as possible or within
20 working days as set out in the Act.

If you have any queries about the progress of your
request, please contact me at the details below.

Yours sincerely

Alison Flynn | Freedom of Information Manager | NHS
Greater Glasgow & Clyde

—–Original Message—–
From: Alan M Dransfield
Sent: 30 April 2016 15:02
Subject: Queen Elizabeth Children’s Hospital Glasgow

Dear Sirs

Under protection of the FOIA 2000 please provide me with
a PDF copy of the As Built Health and Safety File for the subject title,
sometimes known as the Operation Maintenance Manual.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Bradshaw will wring his hands when the body bags arrive

PFI Hospitals Posted on Sun, May 01, 2016 07:19:58

Email sent –

Dear Mr Bradshaw MP

I am appalled at
your general apathy towards the Health & Safetyissues identified in Scottish PFI
schools, and in my view you should be kicking doors down at both the Devon
County Council and the Exeter City Council.

We know for a fact the 6 PFI schools were constructed
with contaminated cement from Lafarge, and we also know about a myriad of other
H& S Issues at the Exeter PFI schools.

You take your time Mr B, and it is highly probable that
we will need body bags before you get off your bottom and do something
about these 6 PFI Schools.

Yours in disgust


Will Ben Bradshaw MP ask about the dangerous glass at the 6 PFI schools?

PFI Hospitals Posted on Mon, March 09, 2015 12:37:21

Email sent – 03 March 2015 05:58

Dear Mr Bradshaw

As you are aware, there is/was a serious design/safety issue with the type of glass used in the 6 PFI schools in Exeter.

Would you please write to the DCC asking them for a status update please.

There is no point in me asking via the FOIA 2000 as they would surely use their vexatious trump card.

Yours etc

Alan M Dransfield

No transparency or accountability on £2billion public contract

PFI Hospitals Posted on Sat, December 27, 2014 17:22:59


Date: 27 October 2014 05:49

Attn Rt Hon Jeremy Hunt. Secretary of State for Health

Dear Sir

I am writing to you under your official role as Health Secretary.

Please see the Channel 4 article ref the subject title. It is hardly

surprising that there are serious health and safety (H&S ) issues at this

particular hospital simply because the oversight authorities have failed

their duty of care during the design, construction and operational phases of

this hospital.

In particular, the Construction Design Management (CDM)2004/07 Act has been

willfully and flagrantly abused.

At this juncture, the only people who know what happened during the CDM

phases are the Balfour Beatty Group, which is completely unacceptable.

I refer to the As Built Health and Safety Files (ABHSF), which are legally

bound to be retained on the premises for public scrutiny which have gone AWOL.

The total cost of this Hospital is £2.6 BILLION pounds and the transparency, accountability and security (TAS)of public funds is known to the Balfour

Beatty Group only.

This is totally unacceptable and I call for a public inquiry into the

funding and operations of this hospital.

How many other PFI projects nationwide built by the Balfour Beatty Group

are in the same state?

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield

Don’t panic – everything is fine

PFI Hospitals Posted on Sun, October 26, 2014 07:09:54

Email sent – 26 October 2014 05:17

Dear Mr Bradshaw

Further to my letter last night about the Queen Elizabeth Hospital records in Birmingham, which are not retained by the Hospital or Local Government, such records are solely retained by the Balfour Beatty Consortium.

It beggars belief the Hospital does not retain such records as required under the Construction Design Management (CDM) Law.

How many other PFI or indeed PPP Project are missing information nationwide?.

The National Debt does NOT include PFI or PPP contracts, hence the true extent of the National Debt is not known.

I call upon my MP to write to the Chancellor, George Osbourne, to ask him to explain why the PFI/PPP assets and debt are NOT included in his annual accounts or indeed the national debt.

In the event the Queen Elizabeth do not retain any records on the premises, it would automatically follow that the hospital is operating in a legal Vvoid.

I would envisage the PFI/PPP deb to be running at several billion pounds.

I have no idea how many PFI/PPP Projects have been completed in the last decade, but there is a serious oversight problem with all of them.

I fully appreciate this national debt problem is outside your remit but, as you are aware, there has been a number of PFI Projects in Exeter. Hence, such matters are your remit.

It would automatically follow that the UK Treasury is unable to guarantee Transparency, Accountability or Security (TAS) of its funding. The TAS lights at the Treasury are not seen to be working.

For your information action and files.

With thanks

Yours sincerely

Alan M Dransfield.

Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham – PFI

PFI Hospitals Posted on Mon, September 29, 2014 17:34:33

Dear Mr Bradshaw

In light of the breaking news that the Queen
Elizabeth Hospital
in Birmingham is a health and
safety deathtrap, please see the response I got to my FOI request two years ago
from the QE Hospital Trust.

I can now understand why PFI and PPP
contracts are an abject failure and slowly bankrupting the country.

According to the QE NH Trust they do not hold any technical documents of a
£2billion Hospital.

It is inconceivable that the owner of such a large hospital is oblivious to the
project specifications and as built drawings for their premises.

I appreciate such matters are outside your remit, but the shadow government has
a duty of care to protest such matters.

I trust you will elevate this matter to the appropriate oversight authority .

For your information action and files.

Alan Dransfield