Correspondence relating to mental health waiting times: FOI release

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

Information requested

The contents of any emails or letters to Jeane Freeman or Nicola Sturgeon in 2019 from doctors or nurses on the topic of mental health waiting times.


While our aim is to provide information whenever possible, in this instance we are unable to provide some of the information you have requested because an exemption under section 38(1)(b) (personal information relating to third party) of FOISA applies to that information. The reasons why that exemption applies are explained in the Annex.

Results: Please find attached, the results that were within the scope of the above FOI.


An exemption applies

An exemption under section 38(1)(b) of FOISA applies to some of the information you have requested (the personal data of a third party).

Disclosing the personal data would contravene any of the data protection principles in Article 5(1) of the GDPR (“the first condition”).

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.



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FOI/19/02478 Information released


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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000

The Scottish Government
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