NHS trusts are reportedly meant to keep a register of payments from pharmaceutical companies (and other relevant companies) to staff, in case of conflicts of interest . I am requesting a copy of the register for this Trust – which I would hope includes details of all relevant payments to staff and any related potential conflicts of interest.
To clarify, I am requesting a copy of the Trust’s Conflict of Interest Register (or Declaration of Interests Register) and Gifts and Hospitality Register for the financial year 2015/16. The recording of this information is held in hard copy only and covers over 1,000 entries. Therefore, the information requested is exempt under Section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act since the cost of compliance would exceed the appropriate limit.
I am also requesting the number of staff members who have been the subject of internal investigations or disciplinary proceedings in relation to purported conflicts of interest, or the failure to declare them, and the outcomes of these investigations or proceedings, also for the financial year 2015/16. No members of the Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust have been subject to internal investigations or disciplinary proceedings in relation to purported conflicts of interest, or the failure to declare them.