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Communication between Auckland District Health Board and the Ministry of Health about the provision of helicopter air ambulance services in the Northern Region #2

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From: Shay McGuinness

Dear Ministry of Health,

On the 15th March 2020 I requested some information about communications between senior people at ADHB and the MoH involving the provision of helicopter air ambulance services.

At your insistence this request was refined and significantly limited in scope however it was declined under Section 18(f) because of the unfolding COVID-19 situation. You specifically stated that:

"Responding to your request will require access to documents not readily available for review in the current national situation. Attempting to access the documents at present (searching for them on Ministry premises, as well as electronically) will unreasonably interfere with the operations of the Ministry. Further, consultation (internal and external) on the request cannot occur in the absence of access to the documents.
At this stage, the Ministry, along with many other agencies, have diverted significant resources to support the Government's response to COVID-19 at this stage. This is a fast-evolving situation and the Ministry must continue to respond at pace to this global pandemic.

For the reasons stated above, I have decided to refuse your request under section 18(f) of the Act at this time. Please note we are open to considering any further requests in future."

As your reasons for declining this request are no longer valid I am now resubmitting it as detailed below:

"Please provide all communications (Including but not limited to: emails,
letters, memos, reports, papers and text messages) between the following
senior individuals in the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Auckland District
Health Board (ADHB) regarding the provision of helicopter air ambulance
services.

ADHB
1. Ailsa Claire

MoH
1. Ashley Bloomfield
2. Keriana Brooking

Note:
1. Applicable dates are 1/7/2019 to 13/11/2020
2. Emails include those sent, received or cc'd and include any
attachments."

Yours faithfully,

Shay McGuinness

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Kia ora
Thank you for your request for official information received on 13
November 2020 for:
"Please provide all communications (Including but not limited to: emails,
letters, memos, reports, papers and text messages) between the following
senior individuals in the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Auckland District
Health Board (ADHB) regarding the provision of helicopter air ambulance
services.
ADHB
1. Ailsa Claire
MoH
1. Ashley Bloomfield
2. Keriana Brooking
Note:
1. Applicable dates are 1/7/2019 to 13/11/2020 2. Emails include those
sent, received or cc'd and include any attachments."
The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202008214.
As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 11 December 2020, being
20 working days after the day your request was received.  
If we are unable to respond to your request within this time frame, we
will notify you of an extension of that time frame.
If you have any queries related to this request, please do not hesitate to
get in touch.
Ngā mihi
OIA Services
Government Services
Office of the Director-General
Ministry of Health
E: [email address]

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Kia ora Shay,

 

Thank you for your request for official information, which was received on
13 November 2020 requesting:

 

“…all communications (Including but not limited to: emails, letters,
memos, reports, papers and text messages) between the following senior
individuals in the Ministry of Health (MoH) and Auckland District Health
Board (ADHB) regarding the provision of helicopter air ambulance services.

ADHB
1. Ailsa Claire

MoH
1. Ashley Bloomfield
2. Keriana Brooking

Note:
1. Applicable dates are 1/7/2019 to 13/11/2020 2. Emails include those
sent, received or cc'd and include any attachments."

The Ministry of Health has decided to extend the period of time available
to respond to your request under section 15A of the Official Information
Act 1982 (the Act) as consultation necessary to make a decision on your
request is such that a proper response cannot reasonably be made within
the normal 20 working day time limit. The Ministry of Health will reply to
your request by no later than 18 February 2020, earlier if possible.
Please note this incorporates the Christmas period of closure between 22
December 2020 to 11 January 2020.

 

You have the right under section 28(3) of the Act to ask the Ombudsman to
review our decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

Yuuki

 

Yuuki Smithers

OIA Advisor | OIA Services | Office of the Director-General | Ministry of
Health

E: [1][email address]

 

 

 

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Good afternoon Shay

 

Please find attached the Ministry’s decision on your recent request for
official information.

 

Kind regards

 

 

Nick Allan

Manager OIA Services | Office of the Director-General | Ministry of Health

 

C: 021 195 4584 | E: [email address]

 

 

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