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Gerry Hallright made this Freedom of Information request to United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Gerry Hallright

Dear United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust,

can you please send me a copy of your reply to an FOI request about 3 years worth of bonuses and expenses for staff/ceo and executive directors, that was sent around the end of November to NHS Trusts.

Do you have Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship Policy or similar and a Code of Conduct and can you please email me a copy.
Can you send me a copy of your register for 2008/9 showing details of Gifts, Hospitality and Sponsorship.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Mr Hallright

Please find attached the response to your FOI.

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Gerry Hallright

Dear Jayne Warner,

thank you for your reply and searching your records for a previous FOI.

I believe it was a Mr Lotinga who requested the FOI information in 4 parts covering bonuses and expenses paid and cars used by Trust aroudn the end of November 2009. I would be grateful if you can see if this additional information matches information you have.

In addition to the Hospitality policy, I requested a listing of items on your Hospitality, Gifts and Sponsorship register for 2008/9. Can you please now send me a copy.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Mr Hallright

Please find attached the response to your further query.

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Gerry Hallright

Dear Jayne Warner,

thank you for your reply and the attached documents.

I have attached some extracts from NHS related governance documents, which I believe show a presumption and requirement of disclosure of details on a register.

I do realise there can be concerns around DPA issues.
Can I suggest an amended request in which you exclude the names of employees that are on the register and send me the remaining information.

Could you please leave any Directors names or titles on the register as I think there would be a reasonable expectation that these details would be disclosed in line with disclosure of Directors remuneration.
If you decide not to supply the Director details, please supply the register details without any employee details.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

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NOLAN PRINCIPLES

Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public interest clearly demands.

COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP – ETHICAL
STANDARDS FOR THE NHS, NOV 2000

Paragraph 19
ensure all sponsorship deals are documented through use of a register or simple ledger, held by the employer e.g. the Health Authority, NHS Trust or Primary Care Trust, which can be audited as appropriate. In order to demonstrate openness, it is essential that the Register should be available on request to the public and be made available at all HA board meetings.

Government Response to the Health Committee's Report on the Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry , Feb 2007

We believe that monitoring of dealings between NHS staff and business can only be successfully carried out at local level. The Department of Health has issued two sets of guidelines on these issues, the 'Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff' published in 1993, and 'Commercial Sponsorship - Ethical Standards for the NHS' published in 2000.

These guidelines cover situations where NHS employees should declare any business or financial interests they may have. It also advises NHS employers to establish a register of interests so that employees can declare casual gifts or hospitality received.

This should be audited as appropriate, and be available on request to the public. Employers can more effectively monitor the implementation of this guidance, and take appropriate action where this is required.

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

I am currently away from the office. I will return on Thursday 8 July 2010. If you email is urgent please contact my colleague Lisa Simpson at [email address]. Otherwise I will respond to your email on my return.

Regards
Sandra Cascoe-Bell
PA to Mike Napier, Trust Board Secretary
Richard Bailey, Associate Director of Business Development
Ernst & Young Team
Membership Administrator, Foundation Trust Office

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Dear United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust,

I would be grateful if you can let me know if you have looked at my previous request.
We both seem to have overlooked this correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

Gerry Hallright

6 July 2010

Dear Jayne Warner,

thank you for your reply and the attached documents.

I have attached some extracts from NHS related governance
documents, which I believe show a presumption and requirement of
disclosure of details on a register.

I do realise there can be concerns around DPA issues.
Can I suggest an amended request in which you exclude the names of
employees that are on the register and send me the remaining
information.

Could you please leave any Directors names or titles on the
register as I think there would be a reasonable expectation that
these details would be disclosed in line with disclosure of
Directors remuneration.
If you decide not to supply the Director details, please supply the
register details without any employee details.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

NOLAN PRINCIPLES

Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all
the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for
their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public
interest clearly demands.

COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP – ETHICAL
STANDARDS FOR THE NHS, NOV 2000

Paragraph 19
ensure all sponsorship deals are documented through use of a
register or simple ledger, held by the employer e.g. the Health
Authority, NHS Trust or Primary Care Trust, which can be audited as
appropriate. In order to demonstrate openness, it is essential that
the Register should be available on request to the public and be
made available at all HA board meetings.

Government Response to the Health Committee's Report on the
Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry , Feb 2007

We believe that monitoring of dealings between NHS staff and
business can only be successfully carried out at local level. The
Department of Health has issued two sets of guidelines on these
issues, the 'Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff' published
in 1993, and 'Commercial Sponsorship - Ethical Standards for the
NHS' published in 2000.

These guidelines cover situations where NHS employees should
declare any business or financial interests they may have. It also
advises NHS employers to establish a register of interests so that
employees can declare casual gifts or hospitality received.

This should be audited as appropriate, and be available on request
to the public. Employers can more effectively monitor the
implementation of this guidance, and take appropriate action where
this is required.

Dear United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust,

I believe I have not received a reply from a request dated the 6th July and then a 30th September reminder - see below. Please review if you have replied to this request.

Can you please acknowledge receipt of this email, otherwise I will email you directly,

thank you,

Yours sincerely,

Gerry

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Gerry Hallright

30 September 2010
Dear United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust,

I would be grateful if you can let me know if you have looked at my
previous request.
We both seem to have overlooked this correspondence.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

Gerry Hallright

6 July 2010

Dear Jayne Warner,

thank you for your reply and the attached documents.

I have attached some extracts from NHS related governance
documents, which I believe show a presumption and requirement of
disclosure of details on a register.

I do realise there can be concerns around DPA issues.
Can I suggest an amended request in which you exclude the names of
employees that are on the register and send me the remaining
information.

Could you please leave any Directors names or titles on the
register as I think there would be a reasonable expectation that
these details would be disclosed in line with disclosure of
Directors remuneration.
If you decide not to supply the Director details, please supply the
register details without any employee details.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

NOLAN PRINCIPLES

Openness
Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all
the decisions and actions they take. They should give reasons for
their decisions and restrict information only when the wider public
interest clearly demands.

COMMERCIAL SPONSORSHIP – ETHICAL
STANDARDS FOR THE NHS, NOV 2000

Paragraph 19
ensure all sponsorship deals are documented through use of a
register or simple ledger, held by the employer e.g. the Health
Authority, NHS Trust or Primary Care Trust, which can be audited as
appropriate. In order to demonstrate openness, it is essential that
the Register should be available on request to the public and be
made available at all HA board meetings.

Government Response to the Health Committee's Report on the
Influence of the Pharmaceutical Industry , Feb 2007

We believe that monitoring of dealings between NHS staff and
business can only be successfully carried out at local level. The
Department of Health has issued two sets of guidelines on these
issues, the 'Standards of Business Conduct for NHS Staff' published
in 1993, and 'Commercial Sponsorship - Ethical Standards for the
NHS' published in 2000.

These guidelines cover situations where NHS employees should
declare any business or financial interests they may have. It also
advises NHS employers to establish a register of interests so that
employees can declare casual gifts or hospitality received.

This should be audited as appropriate, and be available on request
to the public. Employers can more effectively monitor the
implementation of this guidance, and take appropriate action where
this is required.

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

Yours faithfully,

Gerry Hallright

Richard Taylor left an annotation ()

United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust refused to release their gifts/hospitality register on the grounds each entry amounts to Information Provided In Confidence by the member of staff receiving the gift/hospitality !!

Gerry Hallright left an annotation ()

11 February 2011

Mr Gerry Hallright

Gerry.hallright@googlemail.com

Dear Mr Hallright,

I write in reference to your complaint made through the United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust
website.

I am sorry that there has been the delay between your follow-up Freedom of Information request and
the Trust’s reply however a review of our system has not been able to identify a previous record of
the follow up correspondence which you attached to your email of complaint. In order that I may look
into this further I would therefore be grateful if you could forward me copies of the original follow-up
requests which includes details of the email addresses they were sent to.

I note that you have previously used the assistance provided via the “What do they know” website
as a means of submitting requests. I am aware that there have been some occasions in the past
where that website’s link to the trust was different to the Trust’s dedicated FOI email address. For your
reference the address for all FOI requests is foi@ulh.nhs.uk

I have reviewed the register of gifts and hospitality for 2008/09 and in response to your request
provide the entries made in year with names removed.

Month Gift/ Hospitality Offered
May 2008 One seat at Chartered Institute of Civil Engineers Dinner
June 2008 £25 shopping voucher donated to ward staff
April 2008 Dinner and overnight accommodation for one at PFI Awards Evening
June 2008 One place at Infection Control Study Day
Oct 2008 Dinner at House of Commons
Dec 2008 Overnight Accommodation for one at British Thoracic Society meeting
June 2008 3 Places on a colo-rectal course for theatre personnel

Chairman: Paul Richardson

I trust that this information assists you with your enquiries. I will, of course, be happy to respond
further regarding the receipt of the original follow-up request once I am in possession of the additional
information requested above, however, for completeness I would also advise that should you not be
content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner
for a decision. Generally, his office cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the
complaints procedure provided by United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Mike Napier
Board Secretary

Gerry Hallright left an annotation ()

Dear Mr Napier,

thank you for your recent letter and the information which was attached.
This covers all the items I was interested in.

I have come across a small number of incorrect FOI addresses on the whatdoyouknow website and apologise if this caused some confusion and additional work for the Trust.
I have checked and the foi@ulh.nhs.uk email address is now listed on this website.

Yours sincerely,

Gerry Hallright