4 June 2021: OIA response | Consultation feedback for funding of food thickeners

4 June 2021

Dear [name and contact details withheld] 

REQUEST FOR INFORMATION

Thank you for your request dated 10 May 2021 under the Official Information Act 1982 (OIA) for information relating to consultation feedback for funding of food thickeners. You requested: 

All feedback received in relation to the funding of food thickener in the community which was open for consultation [from 21 January to 12 March 2021].  

Please find attached with this letter a copy of all responses we received to our request for feedback about the funding of food thickeners. 

Please note that PHARMAC approaches its assessment of requests for information under the OIA on the basis that, once released, the information becomes publicly available - in other words once we release the information to you it becomes available to any other party in that exact form (whether by you distributing it to others or by virtue of us receiving the same request from a different third party). 

We have redacted a small amount of information from the documents as we consider this is necessary to protect the privacy of natural persons (section 9(2)(a)). 

As required under the OIA, we also considered whether, in the circumstances, the withholding of this information was outweighed by other considerations which render it desirable, in the public interest, to make this information available.  In this case we did not consider that the public interest outweighed the reasons for withholding the information. 

Please note you have the right, by way of complaint under section 28(3) of the OIA to an Ombudsman, to seek an investigation and review of our decision.

We trust that this information answers your queries. We are making our information more freely available, so we now publish selected OIA responses (excluding personal details) on our website. Please get in touch with us if you have any questions about this. 

Yours sincerely 

Rachel Read
Manager, Policy and Government Services