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Homeopathy Spend

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Dear University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Which CCGs hold a contract with you for the provision of complimentary 'medicine' at the RLHIM and what are the value of each of these contracts.

Please provide the data broken down by trust and financial year, since the inception of CCGs on 1 April 2013.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Fulton

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: FOI/2015/236

 

Dear Mr Fulton,

Thank you for your request for information relating to UCLH NHS Foundation
Trust, received on 17 April 2015. You should receive a response by 18 May
2015 at the latest, complying with the 20 working days as prescribed in
the Act.

Occasionally, we may not be able to provide you with all the information
you require by that date, but if this is the case we will inform you,
stating the reason and the date by which we would hope to respond to your
request. 

 

Under the Act, there are 23 exemptions that can be applied to the
information you request.  This may mean that we do not have to supply some
or all of the information, and in certain circumstances, do not have to
tell you if we hold the information.  If this happens, you will be told
which exemption applies.

 

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

Please quote your reference number in any communication with us.

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Sean Mackaay
Release of Information Coordinator, UCLH
020 3447 7806
ICT Directorate, 2^nd Floor B, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road,
London W1T 7DN

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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reference: FOI/2015/236

 

Dear Mr Fulton,

 

Unfortunately, we will be unable to respond to your request for
information relating to UCLH NHS Foundation Trust within the 20 working
days timeframe prescribed in the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We apologise for any inconvenience that this delay may cause. The delay is
due to a need to verify the information you have requested to ensure that
it is accurate ahead of it being supplied to you, something which we are
sure you can appreciate.

 

We aim to respond to your request as soon as possible and estimate that
you will be provided with a response by 2 June 2015 at the latest.

 

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review by contacting:

 

The Director of ICT

UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

3rd floor, Maple House

149 Tottenham Court Road

London

W1P 9LL

[1][email address]

 

Please quote your reference number in any communication with us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Theodora Brocke-Afful
Records Supervisor/FOIA, UCLH
0203 447 4773| 74773
2nd Floor, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7DN

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Dear University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

After delaying this request beyond the standard timescales, you have now exceeded your second, self imposed deadline.

Please provide the information at your earliest convenience.

Yours faithfully,

Jim Fulton

Dear University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Please pass this on to the person who conducts Freedom of Information reviews.

I am writing to request an internal review of University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Homeopathy Spend'.

After already delaying my request by two weeks beyond the lawful timescales, you have still failed to respond. After the initial request to delay, to which I agreed, I have received no further communication. Please let me know what is going on at your earliest convenience.

By law, the authority should have responded to my request promptly, and by 18th May 2015. It is now almost a month later.

A full history of my FOI request and all correspondence is available on the Internet at this address: https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/h...

Yours faithfully,

Jim Fulton

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Reference: FOI/2015/236

 

Dear Mr Fulton,

 

Your request for information relating to UCLH Foundation Trust has been
processed. Please accept our apologies for the lateness of our response to
your request. Unfortunately, additional time was required to ensure that
we were providing you with accurate information in response to your
request. Thank you for your patience, we hope that the delay did not cause
any inconvenience. Please see attached.

 

If you have any queries regarding this matter, please do not hesitate to
contact us.

 

If you are not satisfied with the handling of your request you are
entitled to ask for an internal review by contacting:

 

The Director of ICT

UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

2^nd floor, Maple House

149 Tottenham Court Road

London

W1P 9LL

[1][email address]

 

Please quote your reference number in any communication with us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Theodora Brocke-Afful
Records Supervisor/FOIA, UCLH
0203 447 4773| 74773
2nd Floor, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7DN

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Dear University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

Thank you for the partial response. Unfortunately you haven't quite answered my question.

I asked specifically for the spend attributable to the provision of complimentary services. Hiding it amongst legitimate conventional spend is unhelpful. It's almost as if you don't want to admit it.

Therefore, please remove all spend attributable to the provision of real medicine from these figures, so I can more easily identify how much money is being wasted on quackery.

Thank you.

Jim Fulton

University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Thank you for your email.

I am currently out of office, returning  Monday 15th June.

Please contact Sean Mackaay on ext. 77806 for all matters concerning FOIA.

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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Reference FOI/2015/236

 

Dear Mr Fulton,

 

Thank you for your email . I am sorry you are not happy with your response
we provided. The procedure for the internal review or appeal process is to
pass on your  request to the Director of Digital Services to review  your
concern you’ve  raised in the response we sent to you. We aim to respond
to your request as soon as possible and estimate that you will be provided
with a response by 8 July 2015 at the latest.

 

Please quote your reference number in any communication with us and see
details below.

 

The Director of ICT

UCLH NHS Foundation Trust

2^nd floor, Maple House

149 Tottenham Court Road

London

W1P 9LL

[1][email address]

 

Please quote your reference number in any communication with us.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Theodora Brocke-Afful
Records Supervisor/FOIA, UCLH
0203 447 4773| 74773
2nd Floor, Maple House, 149 Tottenham Court Road, London W1T 7DN

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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Fulton,

 

Thank you for your request for an internal review regarding your request
FOI/2015/236.  In your  original request you asked for:

 

 1. Which CCGs hold a contract with you for the provision of complementary
'medicine' at the RLHIM and what are the value of each of these
contracts.

 

 2. Please provide the data broken down by trust and financial year, since
the inception of CCGs on 1 April 2013.

 

We explained that we were unable to provide you with costs relating to
only complementary services.  You then asked for an internal review.  We
have looked again at the information that you requested but we are still
unable to provide you with separate costs.  Please see our response below.

 

Internal Review: I asked specifically for the spend attributable to the
provision of complementary services.  Hiding it amongst legitimate
conventional spend is unhelpful. Therefore, please remove all spend
attributable to the provision of real medicine from these figures.

 

The following is a list of treatment ‘services’ provided at the RLHIM:

 

•           Acupuncture Services

•           Adult Allergy Service

•           Allergy Service

•           Chronic Fatigue Service

•           Children’s Service

•           Complementary Cancer Care Service

•           Fibromyalgia Syndrome Service

•           General Medicine Service

•           Hypnosis Service

•           Insomnia Service

•           Irritable Bowel Syndrome Service

•           Musculoskeletal Medicine Service

•           Nutrition and Dietetics

•           Podiatry Service

•           Rheumatology Service

•           Skin Service

•           Psychological Services

•           Weight Loss Service

•           Women’s Service

 

We understand that the clarification requested is to separate income for
conventional medicine and complementary medicine. However the contract
transactions are for a single payment category which is not split by
service type or components. We have already provided the list of services
delivered at RLHIM through the contracts listed. They integrate
conventional and complementary medicines in varying proportions. All are
delivered by the RLHIM clinical team.

 

Because contract activity is recorded under a single category, it is not
possible to put activity figures against individual services without going
back to patient level records, which would exceed the appropriate limit as
set out in the FOI Act. Even then it would not be possible to split out
the different components of treatment for individual patients and assess
which part of the income is for which since that is not how the contract
works.

We believe we have now fully answered your request.  However, if you are
still unsatisfied then please contact:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

Regards… David Hill

David Hill 
Director of Digital Services, UCLH
Tel: 020 344 75779
[mobile number]
ICT, 2^nd Floor, Maple House, London NW1 2PG

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