Dec - Jan DHSC Corr

JJ Evans made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Awdurdod Gwasanaethau Busnes y GIG

This request has been closed to new correspondence from the public body. Contact us if you think it ought be re-opened.

Roedd y cais yn llwyddiannus.

Dear NHS Business Services Authority,

Under FOI, I am requesting the following information:

Copies of all correspondence between EIBSS Staff and DHSC's Infected Blood Policy unit during the period December 1st 2018 - January 31st 2019.

Yours faithfully,

JJ Evans

FOIREQUESTS, Nhsbsa (NHS BUSINESS SERVICES AUTHORITY), Awdurdod Gwasanaethau Busnes y GIG

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Dear J J Evans

 

Please find attached a final letter regarding your recent Freedom of
Information request.

 

We would also value your feedback regarding the way in which your request
was handled. You can provide us with direct feedback on our website at the
following web link:

 

[1]Information Governance Survey

 

Any feedback you provide will be strictly anonymous and much appreciated.

 

Summary of Response

 

A copy of the information you have requested has been published on our
website at

 

[2]https://apps.nhsbsa.nhs.uk/FOI/foiReques...

 

Your personal details will be removed from the published response.

 

Due to the large size of the files we cannot email these to you.  If you
would prefer us to send you a CD containing the data, please provide your
postal address and we will post this to you.

 

NHSBSA and Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) communicate on a
regular basis regarding the England Infected Bloods Support Scheme, the
purpose of those communications are for NHSBSA to provide information to
DHSC, so DHSC can make informed decisions.

 

EIBSS Funding

 

Within the email exchanges there are several emails which relate to EIBSS
funding and potential overspend.  For background we have explained below
at a high level how the demand led funding process for EIBSS works.

·         As early as possible in each new financial year DHSC confirm to
NHSBSA what the EIBSS budget will be for that year.

·         NHSBSA requests each quarter’s amount, funding based on
forecasted demand, to ensure NHSBSA have sufficient funds to pay all
Beneficiaries.

·         Any finance process has pre-defined sense checking periods where
current spend is compared against forecast and original budget.

·         If there is an expectation that the forecasted spend is
predicted to exceed the original budget NHSBSA will provided the
supporting information to DHSC to enable them to request the additional
funding.

·         As EIBSS is a demand led scheme, there is always the possibility
that certain elements of the scheme may exceed forecasted demand.  If this
happens NHSBSA and DHSC will work together to ensure sufficient funding is
requested.

 

Section 40(2) – Personal Data

 

Please be aware that I have decided not to release details of all
staff/beneficiaries as this information falls under the exemption in
section 40 subsections 2 and 3 (a) of the Freedom of Information Act. 

 

This is because it would breach the first data protection principle as:

a)  It is not fair to disclose these people’s personal details to the
world and is likely to cause damage or distress to staff/beneficiaries

b) These details are not of sufficient interest to the public to warrant
an intrusion into the privacy of those staff/beneficiaries.

 

As well as names, e-mail addresses, job titles and phone numbers, any
reference by staff to their personal lives or references to
beneficiaries/their payments have also been redacted.

 

Annex A in the attached letter sets out the exemption in full.

 

Redactions made in the attached are all under the above exemption, unless
otherwise annotated. Annotated redactions are as follows, which do not
apply to withheld data:

 

 1. Redacted as the information is out of scope, namely correspondence
exchanged between departments other than EIBSS staff and DHSC.
 2. As a time saving method, e-mails within a trail which appear in other
documents have been completely redacted and annotated as such.
Redacting staff names is a time consuming exercise and therefore any
repeat e-mails were simply redacted in their entirety, to save time
redacting names.

 

Some pages may have REDACTED with a big X strike through. See number 2
above which explains why this has been done.

 

Section 31(1)(a) – Crime Prevention

 

The information you requested is being withheld as it falls under the
exemption in section 31(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act. In
applying this exemption we have balanced the public interest in
withholding the information against the public interest in disclosing the
information.

Annex B in the attached letter sets out the exemption in full, as well as
the factors considered when deciding that in all the circumstances of the
case, the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs the
public interest in disclosing the information.

 

 

Section 43(2) Commercial Interests

 

Some processing cost information are being withheld under the exemption in
section 43(2) of the Freedom of Information Act due to the harm this would
cause the commercial interests of the NHSBSA.

 

In applying this exemption we have had to balance the public interest in
withholding the information against the public interest in disclosing the
information. The attached annex C to this letter sets out the exemption in
full, as well as the factors the Authority considered when deciding where
the public interest lay.

 

Regards

 

Chris Dunn

Information Governance Specialist

Security & Information Governance
 

Tel: 0191 203 5352

Internal tel: 500 5352

Fax: 0191 264 5281

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