Legal costs incurred in ET and EAT hearings re Mr Tristan Reuser

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Dear University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust,

Please could you provide details of the legal costs incurred, or an estimate of the costs expected to be invoiced to the Trust but not yet incurred, by the Trust:

a) in connection with the Employment Tribunal proceedings re Mr Tristan Reuser,
b) in connection with the Employment Appeal Tribunal proceedings re Mr Tristan Reuser.

Could you please indicate which person, or which group of people, committee, or sub-committee of the board approved the expenditure.

Given that the CEO was involved in the proceedings, please indicate what steps were taken to ensure that any potential conflicts of interest were managed.

Please indicate where and when reports of the progress of these proceedings were reported to the board, and please provide copies of the minutes of any meetings where reports were presented (redacting, where necessary, any information that remains confidential at the time that this request is processed).

Please provide the response in electronic form.

Yours faithfully,

Peter C. Bell

Dear University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust,

I submitted this FOI request on 4 May 2020 and a response should have been provided "promptly" and in any event by 3 June 2020 at the latest.

Could I please ask that you acknowledge receipt of the Freedom of Information request and indicate when you expect to be able to provide the response required by law?

Yours faithfully,

Peter C. Bell

FOI, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

1 Atodiad

Dear Peter Bell,

Please accept my apologies for the delay in contacting you.

I can confirm that we have received your information request and are currently collating our response. Your request is being dealt with under reference FOI 0766, please quote this reference whenever contacting us about this request.

I am able to provide you with a partial response at this point, please see attached.

Owing to delays caused by the reallocation of NHS resources to deal with the current Public Health emergency, our final response is not yet ready. I apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. I am aware that we have already exceeded the maximum period allowable under the Freedom Of Information Act (2000) of 20 working days.

Please note that we are still proceeding with your request and will issue a final response as soon as we are able.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any queries.

Best wishes
Ben Harpwood
Information Governance Manager
Email: [email address]
Web: http://www.uhb.nhs.uk

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Gadawodd Peter C. Bell anodiad ()

Costs re Employment Tribunal £26,179.79
Costs re Employment Appeal Tribunal £33,032.50

Other questions - response to follow.

Dear FOI,

The last communication I received from you was one calendar month ago when you advised that, having received my request on 4 May 2020, you were able to provide a partial response.

Could I please ask for an indication as to when I could expect the remainder of the response from you?

Yours sincerely,

Peter C. Bell

Dear University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Legal costs incurred in ET and EAT hearings re Mr Tristan Reuser'.

My request was submitted on 4 May 2020 and a partial response was received on 22 June 2020, explaining that reallocation of resource due to COVID-19 meant that the remaining part of the response would follow.

I sent an enquiry on 21 July 2020 asking when I might expect the remaining information from the request of 4 May 2020. I have not received a reply to that enquiry.

Could you please carry out an internal review in to the question as to why, after 60 working days, a full response to my FOI request has not been provided?

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/l...

Yours faithfully,

Peter C. Bell

FOI, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Bell,

 

Please accept my apologies for not having yet responded to your email of
21 July 2020.

 

I can assure you that your request is still being processed and we will
issue you with a final response. The delays are in large part due to the
ongoing effects of the huge reallocation and reprioritisation of NHS
resources owing to the Covid-19 pandemic.

 

We have a robust FOI process within the Trust which ensure that each and
every request is dealt with fairly and diligently. In this case I can see
that we are significantly overdue. I am sorry for this continued delay and
I will escalate this matter again today to the relevant department.

 

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any queries or
concerns, and I thank you for your patience during this period.

 

Yours sincerely

Ben Harpwood

Information Governance Manager

University Hospitals Birmingham

Email: [1][email address]

Web: [2]http://www.uhb.nhs.uk 

 

 

 

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Dear FOI,

I have decided to refer this matter to the ICO as a formal complaint.

My original request was made on 4 May 2020. Even allowing for Covid-19 three and a half months is more than sufficient time for you to have processed this straight forward FOI.

Yours sincerely,

Peter C. Bell

FOI, University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust

1 Atodiad

Our reference: FOI 0766 2020/21

Dear Mr Bell,

Thank you for your request for information. The Trust's response is provided in the attached document. Please disregard the previous partial response sent on Monday 22nd June 2020. The figures for 1 a) and 1 b) had erroneously been transposed. The attached final response reads correctly, please accept our apologies for any confusion this may have caused, and for the extended delay in providing our response to you.

UHB is one of the largest teaching hospital trusts in England, serving a regional, national and international population. It includes Birmingham Heartlands Hospital, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Solihull Hospital and Community Services, Good Hope Hospital in Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Chest Clinic. We also run a number of smaller satellite units, allowing people to be treated as close to home as possible. We see and treat more than 2.2 million people every year across our sites and our hospitals deliver more babies than anywhere else in Europe. We employ 20,000 staff and have an annual turnover of nearly £1.5 billion.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to request a review of our decision, you should email [email address] or write to the Information Governance Lead, Corporate Affairs, 3rd Floor, Nuffield House, Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, B15 2GW

If you are not content with the outcome of your review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by our Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office Wycliffe House Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF
Telephone: 08456 30 60 60 or 01625 54 57 45 or www.ico.org.uk

Kind regards,

FOI Officer

Information Governance Team
University Hospitals Birmingham
Email: [email address]

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