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Dear Sirs,

I am writing to you to ask for information regarding Bounty representatives being given access to hospital wards.

In the 12 months to date (23.08.18) please confirm the following:

1) Whether the Trust currently is, or has been in the past 12 months, engaged in a contract or written agreement with Bounty UK Limited. If the Trust is currently engaged in a contract please attach a copy of it, making necessary redactions in order to comply with the Act. Please provide the date that the contract began and/ or ended. Please provide an overview of the terms of payment. (i.e. per mother visited / per photo pack purchased).

2) Please confirm how much money has been paid to the Trust by Bounty UK Limited in the past 12 months and how many new mothers are recorded as having been approached by Bounty representatives (if held).

3) Please provide details of the policies the Trust has in place with regards to protecting new mothers (i.e are representatives allowed on any ward at any time, or do they have restricted access? Are mothers given the option to opt out of being visited?)

4) Please confirm the number of complaints made to the Trust by new parents. If not time prohibitive, please provide details of the complaints.

I trust that the scope of my request is not so broad to be refused, but should you plan to reject it on those grounds please prioritise questions one and two.

Yours sincerely,

Sara Spary

FOI (RQW) Pr Alexandra Hosp Tr, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Dear Ms Spary

 

I can confirm that the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust has received
your request for information. To ensure we obtain the most accurate
information, please could you confirm the following:

 

·         Regarding Q4 please could you confirm if this is the number of
complaints made by new parents specifically related to Bounty being on
site, or whether this is the number of complaints made by new parents
regarding any aspect of the Trusts services.

 

Best wishes

FOI team

 

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

 

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Dear Alexandra Hospital,

To clarify, I mean complaints made about Bounty.

Yours sincerely,

Sara Spary

FOI (RQW) Pr Alexandra Hosp Tr, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

Dear Ms Spary

Thankyou for your clarification received 24/10/2018. Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 we are required to provide a response within 20 working days following the first working day of receipt.

You can expect to receive a response on 20/11/2018 however your request will be processed as soon as possible. We will advise you if we do not hold the information or if it falls within one of the exemptions laid down in the act.

Your request has been given the reference number FOI 18-448. Please use this in all future correspondence regarding this request.

We will contact you if we require any further clarification.

Kind regards

FOI team

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

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FOI (RQW) Pr Alexandra Hosp Tr, The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

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Dear Ms Spary

 

I am writing to confirm that the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS trust has
now completed its search for the information which you requested on
24/10/2018 and can respond as follows.

 

In the 12 months to date (23.08.18) please confirm the following:

 

1)      Whether the Trust currently is, or has been in the past 12 months,
engaged in a contract or written agreement with Bounty UK Limited. If the
Trust is currently engaged in a contract please attach a copy of it,
making necessary redactions in order to comply with the Act. Please
provide the date that the contract began and/ or ended. Please provide an
overview of the terms of payment. (i.e. per mother visited / per photo
pack purchased).

 

Please find attached. Please note some information has been redacted.

 

2)      Please confirm how much money has been paid to the Trust by Bounty
UK Limited in the past 12 months and how many new mothers are recorded as
having been approached by Bounty representatives (if held).

 

The Trust considers all financial contract with outside suppliers
commercially sensitive and therefore exempt under section 43 of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

3)      Please provide details of the policies the Trust has in place with
regards to protecting new mothers (i.e are representatives allowed on any
ward at any time, or do they have restricted access? Are mothers given the
option to opt out of being visited?)

 

Women are not obliged to see the Bounty representatives and are free to
decline any contact with them. Bounty has a strict bedside Code of Conduct
(attached) that their staff must adhere to which regulates their
employees’ contact and interaction with both expectant women and mothers
and this forms part of the contract with the Trust. 

 

4)      Please confirm the number of complaints made to the Trust by new
parents. If not time prohibitive, please provide details of the
complaints.

 

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If you have any queries about this response please do not hesitate to
contact us. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any
future communications.

 

If you are not happy with the service you have received in relation to
your request and would like to make a complaint or request a review of our
decision you should write to: The Chief Executive, The Princess Alexandra
Hospital NHS Trust, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex, CM20 1QX.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint you may request
a decision from the Information Commissioner. Generally, the ICO cannot
make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure
provided by the Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

 

You can contact the ICO at: The Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, Sk9 5AF.

 

Kind regards

 

FOI team

 

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

 

 

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