We know that, but they are blatantly refusing to do so nationwide. There are some pockets of compliance but the issue is being shuttled up and down management and nobody wants to actually do it so they hide behind the data protection act instead if challenged.
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This is really not a discussion for here, but thought I'd let you know I'm in on this one, but I fear until some large class action is arranged and not settled out of court, they will not comply no matter what the law says.
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Brian, you may be interested to know that since 31 July 2016, it is a
legal requirement for all NHS facilities to send appointments by email
in plain text if requested. That is not to say that it is that easy - I
am currently pursuing a complaint against my health authority for not
having the the facilities in place to meet the deadline. This was a
directive issued by NHS England on 3 July 2015 for an Accessible
Information Standard. You can read the full details here:
*https://www.england.nhs.uk/ourwork/accessibleinfo/ *The relevant
documents are in both pdf and word format to download.
It would appear that a lot of health authorities have not met the
deadline, mine didn't even seem to know about it, so it would be worth
while everyone insisting on email appointments to force the NHS to pull
their fingers out to get this sorted as quickly as possible.
On 29/10/2016 10:29, Brian's Mail list account wrote:
A Word of warning though, If the text is not tagged for its reading
order if the format alters anywhere in the file, then you will be most
likely to get columns running together and all sorts of other odd
things when you convert it however you do it.
Far too many government pdfs are protected these days. There seems to
be a bit of paranoia, at least in the UK with this.
as for OCR well, much depends on the quality of the scanned image. I
have been attempting to ocr things like appointment letters from NHS
recently with mixed results. Their printer must be ex Flintstones I