Dear Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

This is a Freedom of Information request for the following information. Please provide me with;
1. A list of the hospitals and related buildings in your trust that contain asbestos in surveys carried out over the last ten years. Please include the following:
A. Building name
B. Address
C. Type and degree of asbestos present
D. Whether it poses a health risk to staff and/or patients.
2. The date and outcome of the last independent audit, survey or inspection of each of these hospitals and their related buildings.
3. The details of any reported incidents of asbestos exposure in these hospitals between 2011 and 2016.
4. The number of hospital employees or patients that have pursued a claim against you for exposure to asbestos within your trust’s hospital buildings.
5. The number of these claims that have been settled.
6. The amount of money that has been paid in settlement of these claims (with and without your authority accepting responsibility).
I would like to receive a copy of this information electronically.
Please send me an email to confirm receipt of this request.

Yours faithfully,

Catrin Hughes

FOILeads (RC9) Luton & Dunstable Hospital FT, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Catrin

Thank you for your request for information which will be processed under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. We will aim to provide you with the requested information within the legal deadline.

The request is subject to any exemption which the Trust is entitled to apply, some of which are absolute and some of which only apply where the public interest in maintaining the exemption outweighs that in disclosing the information.

Once the information has been identified the Trust may also ask that a fee be paid for processing and delivering the information to you. Details of any fee to be charged will be notified to you as soon as possible.

Any future correspondence you may have in relation to this matter should be marked private & confidential and sent to the Freedom of Information Lead. Luton and Dunstable NHS Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton, Beds, LU4 0DZ or emailed to the address above.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team.

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Dear FOILeads (RC9) Luton & Dunstable Hospital FT,

I am writing to let you know that it has been 20 days since my FOI request on Asbestos in hospitals was sent. Please can you send a response asap.

Yours sincerely,

Catrin Hughes

FOILeads (RC9) Luton & Dunstable Hospital FT, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Catrin
So sorry for the delay in your response which has been done but awaiting Executive approval. Please accept our apologies and we will have a response with you ASAP.

Kind Regards
Michelle Karpel
Freedom of information &
Information Governance Assistant

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FOILeads (RC9) Luton & Dunstable Hospital FT, Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Catrin

Please accept the Trusts apologies for the delay in our response and we hope this has not caused you inconvenience.

I am writing in respect of your enquiry below for information held by the Trust.  Your request has been handled under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Please find our response attached.

The information supplied to you continues to be protected by the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988. You are free to use it for your own purposes, including any non-commercial research you are doing and for the purposes of news reporting.

Most documents supplied by Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust will have been produced by government officials and will be Crown Copyright. You can find details on the arrangements for re-using Crown Copyright on HMSOnline at: http://www.hmso.gov.uk/copyright/licence...

Information you receive which is not subject to Crown Copyright continues to be protected by the copyright of the person, or organisation, from which the information originated. You must ensure that you gain their permission before reproducing any third party (non Crown Copyright) information.

If for whatever reason you are unhappy with our response you are entitled to pursue any dissatisfaction through the Trust’s Complaints Procedure. The Trust's Complaints Officer can be contacted by writing to Patient Affairs. Luton and Dunstable NHS Foundation Trust, Lewsey Road, Luton, Beds, LU4 0DZ. 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, 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 Luton and Dunstable Hospital Foundation Trust.  The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Please do not hesitate to contact the FOI team if you have any questions.

Yours sincerely
Freedom of Information Team

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