Letter - Journalists' abuse of FOI costs NHS dearly

I am a comms head at an NHS Trust, and Kate Nicholas ('Patients will pay if staff are not briefed', 10 March) summed up perfectly the challenges I and my team face.

Her point about freedom of information was especially poignant, with the FOI Act a tool for lazy journalists to put down the NHS with little thought or effort.

At the click of a mouse they ask hospital after hospital the same question in search of their next headline and the inevitable league table.

There's almost no research, interviews or local context, and it costs the NHS thousands - at a time when the same journalists are criticising us for wasting money.

Antony Tiernan, London (writing in a personal capacity).

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