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Sara Spary made this Freedom of Information request to Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as part of a batch sent to 47 authorities

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The request was successful.

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

Freedom of Information (LTHTR), Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sara,

Thank you for your request for information submitted under the Freedom of
Information Act.

We can confirm that Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
will reply on or before 21/9/18.

Regards,

Freedom of Information Team
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
c/o The Medical Director’s Office
Royal Preston Hospital
Sharoe Green Lane
Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT
Email : [email address]
www.lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk
@LancsHospitals
Excellent care with compassion

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Freedom of Information (LTHTR), Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Sara,

 

Thank you for your request for information submitted under the Freedom of
Information Act. 

 

I can confirm that the department holds the information you have asked
for, and it may be subject to a qualified exemption.

 

In this case, the information you are seeking may be exempt under Section
43 of the Act as it relates to commercially sensitive information.

 

In line with the terms of this exemption in the Freedom of Information
Act, I have to consider whether it would be in the public interest for us
to provide you with the information requested.

 

Under Section 10(3) of the Act, I am able to extend the statutory time
limit of 20 working days where the information held may be exempt under a
qualified exemption, and we require more time to consider the balance of
the public interest when deciding whether to disclose the information or
not.

 

I consider that it will take an additional 20 working days in order to
reach a decision on where the balance of the public interest lies and I
plan to provide you with a response by 19^th October 2018.

 

Regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
c/o The Medical Director’s Office

Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane

Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT
Email : [1][email address]

[2]www.lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk
[3]cid:image001.png@01D3C5DF.D9D68590@[4]LancsHospitals
Excellent care with compassion

 

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Freedom of Information (LTHTR), Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Sara,

 

Thank you for your request for information submitted under the Freedom of
Information Act.  I can confirm that the trust does hold information that
fits the description outlined in your request:

 

FOI Request 5096

 

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. 2)

 

Trust response: Yes, see attached ‘Agreement Documents.pdf’.  Any personal
information within has been redacted under section 40(2) of the act. 
Details of the remuneration structure have been redacted under section 43:

 

The information requested is ‘Commercial and In Confidence’ and as such is
exempt under Section 43 of the FOI Act which prevents disclosure of
information of a commercially confidential nature.

 

This is a qualified exemption so we have considered the balance of public
interest as below but have concluded that the public’s best interest lies
with withholding this information.

 

Withhold information Release information

 
• Releasing the requested ·         The general proposition of
information could prejudice the maximising openness that the FOIA and
Trust’s future negotiation the trust aspire to.
capabilities and reduce confidence
third parties have with the trust  
in order to facilitate the decision
making process. Both the trust and ·         The benefits of ensuring
any third party contractor would be transparent and accountable government
reluctant to have free and frank by disclosing how the trust receives
discussions if all that is and spends public money
discussed is subject to scrutiny
with no safe space for
‘confidential communications’, the
requested information may prejudice
pending or future decisions which
would be detrimental to the trust
and or third parties.

 

 

2)    Please provide the date that the contract began and/ or ended.

 

Trust response: 17 Nov 2015 to 16 Nov 2018

 

3)    Please provide an overview of the terms of payment. (i.e. per mother
visited / per photo pack purchased).

 

Trust response:  The terms are per photograph presentation.

 

4)    Please confirm how much money has been paid to the Trust by Bounty
UK Limited in the past 12 months

 

Trust response: £3879.31

 

5)    How many new mothers are recorded as having been approached by
Bounty representatives (if held).

 

Trust response: Information not recorded.

 

6)    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?)

 

Trust response: Bounty abides by a strict bedside code of conduct
(attached) and all services are on the basis of choice. All hospital
procedures are followed.

 

7)    Please confirm the number of complaints made to the Trust by new
parents

 

Trust response: No complaints have been made regarding Bounty UK during
the time period requested.

 

8)    If not time prohibitive, please provide details of the complaints.

 

Trust response: N/A.

 

Regards,

 

Freedom of Information Team

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
c/o The Medical Director’s Office

Royal Preston Hospital

Sharoe Green Lane

Fulwood, Preston, PR2 9HT
Email : [1][email address]

[2]www.lancsteachinghospitals.nhs.uk
[3]cid:image001.png@01D3C5DF.D9D68590@[4]LancsHospitals
Excellent care with compassion

 

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