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As your reasons for declining this request are no longer valid I am now resubmitting it as detailed below: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