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Publication of all DHB Policies, Protocols and Best Practice Documents

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to MidCentral District Health Board

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear DHB,

I have repeatedly been assured from DHB's that they are committed to transparency.

Request 1:
Thus, I respectfully request that your DHB make ALL of your DHB policies, protocols and best practice documents publicly available.

While on the face of it, my request may seem like a time consuming task; however, this should not be the case. Currently, DHB policies, protocols and best practice documents are held electronically and are available on your DHB intranet (employee access only), and in many cases, there are already hyper-links between policies, protocols and best practice documents. Thus, in order to change the setting to the policies, protocols and best practice documents from private (intranet and employee access only) to public ought to be accomplished by a click of a button (or, at most, a line or two of code). Upon completion, I respectfully request a response with the website address to the DHB policies.

Request 2:
Is your DHB laboratory and radiology departments, or the agencies your DHB has contract out pathology and radiology services, IANZ accredited?

Request 3:
In the event that your DHB, or the agencies your DHB has contracted out pathology and radiology services, is IANZ accredited, I respectfully request ALL of the documentation submitted to IANZ for accreditation by your DHB (or contracted agencies) be made publicly available upon your DHB website (or as a link to your contracted agencies website). Again, while this may appear to be a daunting task on the face of it, this information ought to be in electronic form and have been collated prior to submission to IANZ. Thus, again, my request ought to be accomplished by a click of a button or at most, a few lines of code to link the website to the appropriate folder on your internal systems.

I make these request in order to save time, energy and financial resources. By making the requested information publicly available, the DHB will not need to spend valuable time and resources in answering repeated requests for policies, protocols and best practice documentation, and will help your DHB become compliant with Ministry of Health Standards (such as HISO 10064 and 10029) and legislative requirements, such as those described in the Health Information Privacy Code 1994, Health Act 1956, and Health and Disability Commissioner (Code of Health and Disability Services Consumers' Rights) Regulations 1996.

Please note I have made this request to every NZ DHB.

Yours faithfully,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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MidCentral District Health Board

Thank you for your OIA request. We will endeavour to respond to it as soon as possible. However, as an essential service, MidCentral DHB’s priority is the COVID-19 pandemic. We may be unable to respond to your request within the required 20 working days and we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

We operate a proactive release policy where the DHB publishes information on this website. As part of the policy we publish selected OIA responses that may be of public interest. We may publish the OIA response we send to you with your personal details redacted.

Regards, Zelda Rogers

Administration Records Officer

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear OIA,

This is just a gentle reminder that I am still waiting for the documents I have requested.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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MidCentral District Health Board

Thank you for your OIA request. We will endeavour to respond to it as soon as possible. However, as an essential service, MidCentral DHB’s priority is the COVID-19 pandemic. We may be unable to respond to your request within the required 20 working days and we will notify you of an extension of that timeframe. If any additional factors come to light which are relevant to your request, please do not hesitate to contact us so that these can be taken into account.

We operate a proactive release policy where the DHB publishes information on this website. As part of the policy we publish selected OIA responses that may be of public interest. We may publish the OIA response we send to you with your personal details redacted.

Regards, Zelda Rogers

Administration Records Officer

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From: Graeme Gillespie
MidCentral District Health Board


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Kia ora Amy

 

I acknowledge your email on 1 July 2020. It is my understanding that this
relates to your request of 30 May 2020 relating to the publication of all
DHB Policies, Protocols and Best Practice Documents.

 

The attached reply was emailed to you on 22 June 2020.

 

Ngā mihi

 

Graeme

 

Graeme Gillespie l Advisor Commissioning and Contracts l Strategy Planning
and Performance

MidCentral District Health Board, Board Office, PO Box 2056, Heretaunga
Street, Palmerston North 4440 
Ph  (06) 350 8836 (DDI) l  Mobile  027 205 4467

Email [1][email address] I Web 
[2]www.midcentraldhb.govt.nz

 

"Quality Living - Healthy Lives"

 

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Sent: Wednesday, 1 July 2020 2:45:28 a.m. (UTC+12:00) Auckland, Wellington

To: OIA

Subject: Re: OIA Acknowledgement

 

Dear OIA,

 

This is just a gentle reminder that I am still waiting for the documents I
have requested.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

 

 

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