Ministry of Health internal investigation into February outbreak and other documents

Harold made this Official Information request to Ministry of Health

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From: Harold

Dear Ministry of Health,

I'd like to request copies of three documents mentioned in the COVID-19 Independent Continuous Review, Improvement and Advice Group’s review of the February outbreak response:

https://covid19.govt.nz/assets/reports/I...

The documents are:

1) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Auckland February Outbreak 2021 Response

2) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Incident Management Team Response

I'd like this to include the two collateral documents mentioned on pages 17-18 of the report which are described as the “February Cluster Debrief” and the “brief memo on media information leaks.”

3) Manatū Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan

Yours faithfully,

Harold

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Kia ora Harold,

 

Thank you for your request for official information received on 14 July
2021 for:

 

"I'd like to request copies of three documents mentioned in the COVID-19
Independent Continuous Review, Improvement and Advice Group’s review of
the February outbreak response: The documents are:

 

1) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Auckland
February Outbreak 2021 Response

 

2) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Incident
Management Team Response

 

I'd like this to include the two collateral documents mentioned on pages
17-18  of the report which are described as the “February Cluster Debrief”
and the “brief memo on media information leaks.”

 

3) Manatû Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan"

 

The Ministry's reference number for your request is: H202108520.

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 11 August 2021, 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.

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services

Government Services

Office of the Director-General

Ministry of Health

E: [1][email address]

 

 

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Kia ora Harold,

 

Thank you for your request for official information, received on July 14
2021 requesting:

 

“copies of three documents mentioned in the COVID-19 Independent
Continuous Review, Improvement and Advice Group’s review of the February
outbreak response:

 

1) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Auckland
February Outbreak 2021 Response

 

2) Auckland February Outbreak 2021 – Internal Review of the Incident
Management Team Response

 

I'd like this to include the two collateral documents mentioned on pages
17-18 of the report which are described as the “February Cluster Debrief”
and the “brief memo on media information leaks.”

 

3) Manatû Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan”

 

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 further consultation is required.

 

You can now expect a response to your request on, or before,  September 1
2021.

 

You have the right, under section 28 of the Act, to ask the Ombudsman to
review my decision to extend the time available to respond to your
request.

 

Ngā mihi

 

OIA Services  

Government Services  

Office of the Director-General  

Ministry of Health  

E: [email address]  

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Kia ora Harold,    

    

   

Please find attached a response regarding your request for information.   

   

   

Ngā mihi    

    

OIA Services     

Government Services     

Office of the Director-General     

Ministry of Health     

E: [1][email address]     

    

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From: Harold

Dear Ministry of Health

I'm writing to follow up on my request of 14 July which received a response form your agency on 26 August.

Your response letter noted that item three of my request (a copy of the Manatū Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan) was being withheld under 18(d) as the "information requested will soon be made publicly available."

The Plan doesn't appear to have been published yet, and I'd like to ask for an estimate on when this will occur. Ombudsman's guidance:

https://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/site...

states that "As a general rule of thumb, release more than 8 weeks after the refusal is unlikely to be considered ‘soon’" for the purposes of 18(d) refusals. In this case, 8 weeks would be Thursday 21 October. Will the Plan be published by this date?

Yours sincerely,

Harold

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Kia ora Harold, 

 

On 26 August 2021, the Ministry of Health (the Ministry) sent you a
response regarding your request for information, ref: H202108520. In this
response, we advised you that the “Manatû Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan”
would soon be proactively released on the Ministry’s website. Whilst the
Ministry had every intention of following through with the proactive
release, while there is an ongoing response to outbreak this is no longer
able to go ahead. Therefore, we would like to amend our response to your
request, and provide you with the “Manatû Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan”
attached to this email. 

 

Please note, the Ministry’s COVID-19 Resurgence Plan is constantly
changing in order to keep up to date with the latest science and public
health advice. What is stated in this version of the resurgence plan may
not be the most current response advice. 

 

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. 

 

Ngâ mihi

 

OIA Services Team

[1]www.health.govt.nz

[2]Ministry of Health information releases

[3]Unite against COVID-19

 

 

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From: Harold

Dear Ministry of Health,

Thank you for your recent response. I would like to make a follow up request for copies of these documents:

One: COVID-19 Health and Disability Sector Resurgence Planning Tool

Two: Supporting Pacific Health COVID-19 Resurgence Plan

Three: These three Case Investigation and Contact Tracing SOPs identified on p.27 of the Manatū Hauora COVID-19 Resurgence Plan:

1) NITC National Contact Tracing National Operating Framework
2) Rapid Case Investigation Protocol
3) Case Investigation Protocol

Yours sincerely,

Harold

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Kia ora,

 

Thank you for your Official Information Act (the Act) request. This is
an automatic reply to let you know we received it.

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. We
will endeavour to acknowledge your request as soon as possible. Further
information about COVID-19 can be found on our
website: [1]https://www.health.govt.nz/our-work/dise...

 

In accordance with the Act, we'll let you know our decision within no more
than 20 working days. If you'd like to calculate the timeframe, you can
use the Ombudsman's online calculator
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If you have any questions while we're processing your request, please let
us know via [3][email address]

 

Ngā mihi  

OIA Services Team  

   

[4]Ministry of Health information releases  

[5]Unite against COVID-19 

 

 

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Kia ora Harold,

 

Thank you for your request for official information. The Ministry's
reference number for your request is: H202114862.

 

As required under the Official Information Act 1982, the Ministry will
endeavour to respond to your request no later than 20 working days after
the day your request was received. If you'd like to calculate the
timeframe, you can use the Ombudsman's online calculator
here: [1]http://www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/

 

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic response, the Ministry is experiencing
significantly higher volumes of queries and requests for information. 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: [2][email address]

 

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