FOI Friday: Tonsils, waiting in ambulances, thefts from courts and some interesting emails

Courts were told to push for tougher sentences When doing FOI Friday, I try and pick FOI stories which can be replicated elsewhere. Based on that criteria, including this story from The Guardian seems a bit odd. Basically, the Guardian got hold of court emails which encouraged magistrates to direct riot-related offences to crown courtContinue reading “FOI Friday: Tonsils, waiting in ambulances, thefts from courts and some interesting emails”

Are Freedom of Information ‘fishing trips’ acceptable?

Tucked away in his latest batch of posts, Roy Greenslade appears to take issue with a Freedom of Information Request made by the Mail on Sunday, which was brought to his attention by one of his journalism students. According to his post the Mail on Sunday asked Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Trust toContinue reading “Are Freedom of Information ‘fishing trips’ acceptable?”

FOI Friday: 10 things we’ve learnt this week thanks to the Freedom of Infomation Act

Another interesting week on the FOI front. While the climate change row continues – triggered by an FOI investigation – continues to dominate the national headlines, locally there have been some fascinating stories. They include the length of times bodies have remained unclaimed in hospital mortuaries, dirty scalpels in hospitals, public bodies paying to goContinue reading “FOI Friday: 10 things we’ve learnt this week thanks to the Freedom of Infomation Act”