Publication of all DHB Policies, Protocols and Best Practice Documents

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt made this Official Information request to New Zealand Standards Approval Board

New Zealand Standards Approval Board did not have the information requested.

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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New Zealand Standards Approval Board

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working days. We receive a high volume of emails, which we reply to in the
order they are received.

 

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We appreciate your patience and understanding.

 

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Ref: 1920-1690

 

Dear Amy,

 

On behalf of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment I
acknowledge your email of 30 May 2020 requesting under the Official
Information Act 1982 (the Act), the following:

 

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.

 

Your request is being processed in accordance with the Act and a response
will be sent to you in due course.

 

Please note, due to ongoing COVID-19 response work, requests are currently
being triaged and those relating to Covid-19 processed as a priority.
Remaining requests are being assessed as per the Ombudsman’s guidance
(which can be found here:
[1]www.ombudsman.parliament.nz/news/chief-ombudsmans-statement-official-information-response-times-during-covid-19-emergency)
and processed accordingly.

 

If you have any enquiries regarding your request, or its urgency, feel
free to contact us via email at [2][email address].

 

Nâku noa, nâ

MINISTERIAL SERVICES

 

Corporate, Governance and Information

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

Level 4, 15 Stout Street, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

NZBN 9429000106078

 

 

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Good afternoon Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

 

I am writing to clarify your Official Information Act request (as below).

This request has come through to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) but we note it is addressed to DHBs. Can I please
confirm that you are seeking information from Standards NZ within MBIE?

 

Kind regards

 

 

Ministerial Services

Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services

Email: [1][email address]

 

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

15 Stout Street, Wellington, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

[2]www.mbie.govt.nz

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Dear Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

 

The Ministry of Business, Innovation has cancelled your request as we have
not heard back from you.

 

Kind regards

Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment

 

 

From: *OIA
Sent: Tuesday, 2 June 2020 5:44 PM
To: [FOI #12985 email]
Subject: RE: Freedom of Information request - Publication of all DHB
Policies, Protocols and Best Practice Documents [UNCLASSIFIED]

 

Good afternoon Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

 

I am writing to clarify your Official Information Act request (as below).

This request has come through to the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment (MBIE) but we note it is addressed to DHBs. Can I please
confirm that you are seeking information from Standards NZ within MBIE?

 

Kind regards

 

 

Ministerial Services

Engagement, Communications and Ministerial Services

Email: [1][email address]

 

Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment

15 Stout Street, Wellington, PO Box 1473, Wellington 6140

[2]www.mbie.govt.nz

[3]cid:image001.png@01D2A86C.030B1D00

 

 

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From: Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

Dear *OIA,

Thank you for cancelling my request. I do appologize as I had inadvertently added a few inappropriate organizations to my request to DHBs. I had thought I had rescinded my requests to those I accidentally added. I appologize for wasting you time.

Yours sincerely,

Amy S Van Wey Lovatt

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