FOI REF: 17/446
27th September 2017 Via email to:
Dear Mr Amin
FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT
I am responding to your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. The
answers to your specific questions are as follows: The Trust is required to provide information on losses and special payments in its
annual report. I am writing to request additional, more detailed information regarding
these losses and payments. I am making this request because I believe there is a clear
and compelling public interest in understanding more about the types of losses and
special payments the Trust makes.
Losses and special payments
Please provide a copy of your losses and special payments register or database
for the year 2016-17. I would expect this information to include, but not
necessarily be limited to:
Category of loss or special payment (e.g. bad debt, fruitless payment,
compensation payment made under legal obligation) as defined in relevant
losses and special payments policy or procedure documents.
A summary of the loss
Amount paid out in £ Sterling (or other currency)
Debtor name (where that debtor is a company or disclosure of a person’s
name is permitted by the data protection provisions of s.40)
Please see the attached spreadsheet which provides the information requested for
East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.
With regards to the Debtor names, I can confirm that we hold this information but it is
exempt under section 40(2) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Personal
Information of third parties. This is because disclosure would breach the principles of
the Data Protection Act.
Please state how much bad debt was written off in the year 2016-17.
If, and only if, you hold the information in an easily retrievable format, i.e.
not in individual case files, please state how much of this bad debt was
non-NHS and/or private patient debt write offs and/or overseas visitors
Please see the table below for the bad debts written off by the Trust in 2016/17, broken
down by Private Patient, Overseas and other non NHS patients.
Bad Debt Write Off's 2016-17
Other Non NHS
If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Should you be dissatisfied with the Trust’s response to your request, please write to Lynette
Wells, Director of Corporate Affairs, East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (email@example.com) q
uoting the above reference.
Freedom of Information Manager