The complainant requested information from Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust (“the Trust”) relating to the physical assault of staff. By the date of this notice, the Trust had not provided a substantive response to the request. The Commissioner’s decision is that the Trust has failed to respond to the request within 20 working days and has therefore breached section 10 of the FOIA. The Commissioner requires the Trust to take the following steps to ensure compliance with the legislation. The Trust must issue a substantive response to the request in accordance with its obligations under the FOIA. The Trust must take these steps within 35 calendar days of the date of this decision notice. Failure to comply may result in the Commissioner making written certification of this fact to the High Court pursuant to section 54 of the Act and may be dealt with as a contempt of court.
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