Gifts to medical staff from pharmaceutical companies

N Vaughan made this Official Information request to Counties Manukau District Health Board

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From: N Vaughan

Dear Counties Manukau District Health Board,

I am a law student and am writing a research paper on gifts given by pharmaceutical companies to medical staff.

I am therefore requesting the following information under the Official Information Act (OIA):

1. Do you keep a central gift register, which records details about what gifts medical staff receive, who they are from, and the gift's value? If not, why not?

2. How many staff in your DHB have accepted gifts (of any form) from pharmaceutical companies? Information from the past 2-year period is preferred, including what these gifts were, and their monetary value.

3. Is there any policy in place that prevents medical staff from accepting some gifts from pharmaceutical companies? If so, please send a copy of this policy.

In relation to disclosure of these gifts (from pharmaceutical companies):

4. When must medical staff disclose these gifts to the hospital or DHB? If there is a related policy, please send a copy.

5. Are medical staff required to disclose these gifts to their patients? If there is a related policy, please send a copy.

If you need any more information from me please let me know as soon as possible.

I understand that a decision on a request for information under the OIA should be made within 20 working days of receiving that request.

Ngā mihi nui

N Vaughan

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From: Dinah Nicholas (CMDHB)
Counties Manukau District Health Board

Dear N Vaughan
Thank you for your Official Information Act request, received today.

We are working on a response for you, which will be sent as soon as practical and within the 20 working day timeframe as per the Ombudsman's Guidance, by 12 May 2021. We will contact you if we have any queries with the request or need to extend the timeframe for your response. In those cases, we will advise why the extension is necessary, and indicate when the response will be ready.

Please note that, like all DHBs across New Zealand, Counties Manukau DHB has begun a process of proactive disclosure, which means OIA responses will be publicly available via our website around 10 days after they have been released. Our response will advise if we intend to publish the response, (with personal information removed) and related documents on the CMDHB website. If you advise us of special reasons why proactive disclosure should not apply to your response, we will consider this.

Kind regards

Dinah Nicholas
Executive Assistant to Margie Apa - Chief Executive Officer
Board Secretary
M: 021 682 923 
[email address]
Executive Management Suite, Level 1 Bray Building, Middlemore Hospital, Otahuhu
Middlemore Hospital, Private Bag 93311, Otahuhu, Auckland 1640
www: [email address]

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