Master Vendor

Mae'r ymateb i'r cais hwn yn hwyr iawn. Yn ôl y gyfraith, ym mhob amgylchiad, dylai Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust fod wedi ymateb erbyn hyn. (manylion). Gallwch gwyno drwy yn gofyn am adolygiad mewnol.

Dear Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

1. Do you have a master vendor arrangement in place?
2. If yes who is your current Master Vendor Provider?
3. What fill rates are achieved with your Master Vendor Provider?
4. Are you charged a fee for the service and if so what is the cost?
5. What is the expiry date for your current contract?

Yours faithfully,

Ola Michalik

FOI, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Ms Michalik,

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With best regards,

Alan Larn.

Alan Larn | communications officer (Freedom of Information) |
Communications Department
Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust | Nethermayne | Essex | SS16 5NL
01268 524900 ext 2992
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FOI, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Ms Michalik,

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request dated 05 December 2019, which has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA).

Your request and our responses are as follows:

1. Do you have a master vendor arrangement in place?
Response: Yes

2. If yes who is your current Master Vendor Provider?
Response: MEDACS

3. What fill rates are achieved with your Master Vendor Provider?
Response: 88.5%

4. Are you charged a fee for the service and if so what is the cost?
Response: There is a quarterly managed service charge. The cost is exempt from disclosure. Please see "Notes" below.

5. What is the expiry date for your current contract?
Response: February 2020

Notes:

Information requested in question 4 is withheld because it is exempt from disclosure.  We are not obliged to provide information relating to commercial interests. On this occasion, we believe that the information you request in respect of the questions above would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person including the department which holds it as stated under section 43(2) of the Act.

In line with the terms of this exemption in the Freedom of Information Act, we have considered whether it would be in the public interest for us to provide you with the information, despite the exemption being applicable.

When assessing whether or not it was in the public interest to disclose the information you requested, we took into account the following factors:

Public interest considerations favouring disclosure:

• There is a general public interest in the disclosure of this information to ensure that there is transparency in, and accountability for, the management of public funds; that public money is being used effectively and that the Department is providing maximum value for the taxpayer.

Public interest considerations favouring withholding the information:

• There is a public interest against disclosure due to the impact it would have on the achievement of taxpayers’ value for money and on contractors’ competitiveness.

• Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals has a commercial responsibility to suppliers to hold confidential any information made available through the course of procuring goods and services, for example, pricing/rates offered and accepted.

•      Releasing information of this nature into the public domain may prejudice the commercial activities and interests of both Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals and its suppliers were this information made available to competitors. Releasing the information of the supplier’s pricing would prejudice them in any future competition. In addition disclosure would be likely to prejudice the commercial interests of the department by affecting adversely its bargaining position during contractual negotiations which would result in the less effective use of public money.

In conclusion, we reached the view that, on balance, the public interest is better served by withholding this information at this time under Section 43 of the Act.

You can find out more about Section 43 by reading the extract from the Act and some guidance points we consider when applying this exemption, by reading the full text of the Act, available at http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000...
 
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Kind regards,

Alan Larn.

Alan Larn | Freedom of Information Officer | Corporate Secretariat | Mid and South Essex University Hospitals Group Basildon University Hospital, Nethermayne, Basildon, SS16 5NL
Tel: 01268 524900 ext 2992

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