Money allocated to chronic pain over past 5 years: FOI release

Information request and response under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002.

FOI reference: FOI/18/02950  
Date received: 18 October 2018
Date responded: 14 November 2018
Information requested
1 - Can you tell me please how much money has been allocated to the issue of chronic pain over the past five years please?

2 - Can you give a breakdown of how that money was earmarked please?

3 - Who sits on the National Advisory Committee for Chronic Pain and how much remuneration do individuals receive for their roles please?

4 - How much money has been allocated to Dundee University for chronic pain projects and who does the Scottish Government liaise with at the university for this project? Was this contract put out to tender and if so, how many applicants were there please?

5 - Can you provide any reports provided by Dundee University so far on this project?

6 - Are there plans to extend this project and if so, will it be put out to tender?

We clarified questions 1 and 2 of your request on 18 October 2018, this resulted in a reviewed deadline date of 15 November. We agreed that I would provide the breakdown of spend from the Planning and Quality Division programme budgets, which has been used to support projects and activities in chronic pain between 2013-14 to 2017-18.
I enclose a copy of some of the information you requested in the format you requested.

Under section 25(1) of FOISA, we do not have to give you information, which is already reasonably accessible to you. I have detailed this in Annex A

Additionally, a further exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA (personal information) applies to some of the information requested because it is personal data of a third party, third party employees below senior management, and disclosing it would contravene the data protection principles in Schedule 1 to the Data Protection Act 1998. This exemption is not subject to the ‘public interest test’, so we are not required to consider if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. Personal data of a third party has been redacted. Additionally where statistics show less than 10 patients this information has also been redacted, as the Office of National Statistics has advised this is not considered sufficiently anonymised and should be treated as personal data.
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foi-18-02950 Annex A
foi-18-02950 Document 1 Part 1
foi-18-02950 Document 2 Part 1
foi-18-02950 Document 2 Part 2
foi-18-02950 Document 2 Part 3
foi-18-02950 Document 2 Part 4
foi-18-02950 Document 2 Part 5
foi-18-02950 Document 3 Part 1
foi-18-02950 Document 3 Part 2
foi-18-02950 Document 3 Part 3
foi-18-02950 Document 3 Part 4
foi-18-02950 Document 3 Part 5
foi-18-02950 Document 1 Part 2
foi-18-02950 Document 1 Part 3


Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit 
Phone: 0300 244 4000 

The Scottish Government 
St Andrew's House 
Regent Road 

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