I wanted to ask if the NHSBSA holds information on the number of staff who have applied for ill health retirement due to long covid? If so, is this broken down in any meaningful way (e.g., financial years, occupation, age, region, etc)?
Could you please explain what information you hold on ill health retirement applications for staff with long covid?
The number of applications for ill health retirement which cite long covid or post covid-19 syndrome as the condition is only available by breakdown of age and gender, as follows
40-49 50-59 60+
Male 0 0 *
Female * 6 7
Please note that where the columns are marked with an asterisk, this signifies a field where the number is below five. We have decided not to release the full details where the total number of pension members falls below five. This is because the pension members could potentially be identified, when combined with other information that may be in the public domain or reasonably available. This information falls under the exemption in section 40 subsections 2 and 3A (a) of the Act.
This is because it would breach the first data protection principle as:
a) it is not fair to disclose pension members’ personal details to the world, particularly when relating to ill health, and is likely to cause damage or distress.
b) these details are not of sufficient interest to the public to warrant an intrusion into the privacy of the pension members in question.
In addition, to disclose health related data concerning potentially identifiable individuals would breach their right to confidentiality. This part of the data is therefore exempt from disclosure as it falls under the exemption in section 41(1) of the Act (‘Information provided in confidence’). The below web link sets out the exemption in full.
Therefore in accordance with section 17 of the Act, please accept this response as a refusal notice in respect of this part of the requested information.
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