FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: 416-2021
I write in connection with your request for information which was received on 5th May 2021. Please find below the response to your request:
A breakdown of thefts from hospitals in 2018/ 2019 and 2020?
Can you please list:
The date of the reported theft
The item stolen
Whether the victim was a patient, visitor, staff member etc
Their age/ gender
Any detail regarding the theft itself, such as what happened
The hospital the item(s) was/ were stolen from
And the outcome of any police investigation (was anyone charged etc)
I can confirm that most of the information requested is held: however the value of items stolen cannot be extracted from our system as the property field is rarely used as the value of stolen items is not routinely recorded.
The information that can be provided is set out in the tables attached. Details are given such that no individual can be identified as provided in Section 40 FOIA- Personal Information.
Section 40(2) is an absolute class based exemption which does not require a public interest test to be carried out, but does require the balancing of the legitimate interests of the public against the interests of the individual under the first Data Protection Principle (that of ‘fairness’).
This exemption is engaged where disclosure of information relates to personal data of a third party or could lead to the identification of an individual, either from that information alone or combined with any other information from within the Police Service or in the public domain
Such a disclosure would breach an individual’s rights under the Data Protection Act 2018, in particular Article 5(1) of the GDPR which states that personal data shall be processed lawfully, fairly and in a transparent manner in relation to the data subject.
In this case releasing the detailed information in the format requested would be highly likely to identify individuals, the data is therefore provided in uncorrelated tables.
Therefore, it has been determined that the duty to the individual under the Data Protection Act, and the public interest in maintaining the exemption from disclosure of personal information held in such cases, outweighs the public interest in disclosure.
Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided is as accurate as possible. Your attention is drawn to the below which details your right of complaint.
Should you have any further enquiries concerning this matter, please write or email the Freedom of Information Unit quoting the reference number above.