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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

Freedomofinformation (MEDWAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Ms Spary

 

Freedom of Information Request: reference 4921

 

Thank you for your email requesting information regarding Medway NHS
Foundation Trust. Your request is being dealt with under the terms of the
Freedom of Information Act 2000 and will be responded to within the
statutory 20 working day deadline.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Team

[1][email address]

 

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Windmill Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 5NY

Website: [2]www.medway.nhs.uk 

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For future reference, please note that the Trust’s FOI email address has
now changed to:  [6][email address]

          

 

 

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Freedomofinformation (MEDWAY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Medway NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Ms Spary

 

Freedom of Information Request: reference 4921

 

Thank you for your recent request under the Freedom of Information Act
2000.

 

The information you have requested is as follows:

 

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).

Medway NHS Foundation Trust is engaged in an agreement with Bounty, which
was agreed on 13/04/2017 and is effective for an initial period of 3
years. 

 

The Trust regret that we are unable to provide a copy of the agreement or
details of the terms of payment, as these are considered to be exempt from
disclosure under Section 43(2) Commercial Interests.  Information is
exempt if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to,
prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public
authority holding it)  The Trust’s opinion is that disclosure of the finer
details of the contract and the payment terms, both of which give Bounty a
competitive edge, would prejudice the commercial interests of Bounty.  In
addition, disclosure of this information would be likely to prejudice the
Trust’s ability to obtain services from Bounty or other companies if we
disclose commercially sensitive information.  

 

Section 43(2) is a qualified exemption and is subject to the public
interest test.  We acknowledge the public interest in openness and
transparency, but we consider there is a greater public interest in
ensuring the Trust obtains the best quality of service and income, and we
do not believe that disclosure would greatly enhance the information that
is already available in the public domain.  We have therefore concluded
the at the exemption applies and that withholding the material serves the
public interest better than release in this instance. 

 

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 has
been paid approximately £5,000 in the past 12 months.  We do not record
the number of mothers approached. 

 

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?)  There is no formal policy.  All
mothers are given the option to opt out via a card, information sheets in
ward areas and via verbal communication from maternity staff. The Bounty
rep approaches the midwife in charge of each area prior to approaching
women and their families and is advised as to who they may/may not
approach.

 

4) Please confirm the number of complaints made to the Trust by new
parents. If not time prohibitive, please provide details of the
complaints.  There have been no formal complaints relating to Bounty. 
There have been verbal and informal concerns raised by parents regarding:
protection of personal data; inappropriate ‘hard sell’; sharing personal
data with third parties; affect to frontline care.

 

I hope that this gives you the answer you need, but if you are
dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask
for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted
within two months of the date of receipt of this email and should be
addressed to:

 

Rachel Adams

Interim Information Governance Manager and Acting Data Protection Officer
(DPO)

Medway NHS Foundation Trust

Windmill Road

Gillingham

Kent

ME7 5NY

 

Please remember to quote the reference number in any future
communications.

 

In line with our obligations under the Freedom of Information Act the
Trust publishes responses to Freedom of Information Act Requests on the
Trust’s Disclosure Log which can be accessed via our website at:
[1]https://www.medway.nhs.uk/patients-and-p...

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Team

[2][email address]

 

 

Medway NHS Foundation Trust
Windmill Road
Gillingham
Kent
ME7 5NY

Website: [3]www.medway.nhs.uk 

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