15 May 2019
By email: Via FYI Website
Dear Ms MacPherson
Thank you for your request
12 April 2019 asking for “the number of complaints
against Dr Alan Farnell from his initiation into ACC assessment programme as a pain
specialist.” On 24 April 2019, you clarified your request to be for “the number of
complaints against Dr Alan Farnell, pain specialist since 2010.”
I have considered your request and have decided to withhold any complaint history
information regarding Dr Farnell under section 9(2)(a) of the Official Information Act
1982. I consider that withholding such information is necessary to protect Dr
Farnell’s privacy. I have taken various factors into account when making this decision
and, as a result, I consider that any public interest in making the requested
information available to you is outweighed by the privacy interests concerned.
You may seek a review of this decision from the Office of the Ombudsman.
Niki Wright Senior Official Information Act Advisor