The Press and Journal in Aberdeen reports on how it has forced the local NHS authority to reveal the maintainance backlog at hospitals and health centres in its area. The backlog was first reported last month, but NHS Grampian refused to release the exact details. So the P&J turned to FOI to get it.
The Guardian reports on a row brewing over the fact that public sector pension funds are investing millions of pounds in tobacco firms by buying shares in them. Doctors in the south west say the funds are effectively profiting from death. A little full on maybe, but the information emerged through FOI, and it may be worth asking other councils for details of the companies their pension schemes invest in.
The FOI about the number of data protection breaches at hospital trusts and police forces is well documented, but applying it to councils can generate some strong leads too. The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reports on how confidential files containing details of 25 people – including names, addresses and health needs – were on a stolen laptop. In another case, a person’s name, address, date of birth and phone number were faxed to the wrong number.