Dear NHS England,

Please could you provide me with the following information on the North East London Commissioning Support Unit;

1) The total annual budget of the organisation.
2) The current number of full time employees.
3) The annual IT budget.
4) A copy of the current ICT strategy document.
5) What storage vendor(s) and model do they currently use?
a. When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)?
b. When is the planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year)
c. What is the estimated budget for the refresh?
d. What date does the storage support contract end? (Month/year)
e. What is the value of the storage support contract?
f. What is the capacity of the storage data in TB?
6) What backup software do they use?
a. How much data do they backup in TB?
b. When is the planned (or estimated) backup software refresh date? (Month/year)
c. What is the estimated budget for the backup software refresh?
d. When does the backup support contract end? (Month/year)
e. What is the value of the backup support contract?
7) What compute vendor(s) and model do they currently use?
a. Number of servers?
b. Virtualisation platform?
c. When is the planned (or estimated) compute refresh date? (Month/year)

Yours faithfully,

Jack Daniels

FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Mr Daniels,

 

Thank you for your communication dated 5 January 2017.

 

NHS England has assessed your communication as a request under the Freedom
of Information (FOI) Act 2000. As such, please be assured that your
request is being dealt with under the terms of the FOI Act and will be
answered within twenty working days.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [3][NHS England request email]

 

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FOI, England (NHS ENGLAND), NHS England

Dear Mr Daniels,

 

Re:      Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-052079)

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 05 January
2017.

 

Your exact request was:-

 

“Please could you provide me with the following information on the North
East London Commissioning Support Unit;

 

1)    The total annual budget of the organisation.

2)    The current number of full time employees.

3)    The annual IT budget.

4)    A copy of the current ICT strategy document.

5)    What storage vendor(s) and model do they currently use?

a. When was the installation date of above storage vendor(s)?

b. When is the planned (or estimated) storage refresh date? (Month/year)
c. What is the estimated budget for the refresh?

d. What date does the storage support contract end? (Month/year) e. What
is the value of the storage support contract?

f. What is the capacity of the storage data in TB?

6)    What backup software do they use?

a. How much data do they backup in TB?

b. When is the planned (or estimated) backup software refresh date?
(Month/year) c. What is the estimated budget for the backup software
refresh?

d. When does the backup support contract end? (Month/year) e. What is the
value of the backup support contract?

7)    What compute vendor(s) and model do they currently use?

a. Number of servers?

b. Virtualisation platform?

c. When is the planned (or estimated) compute refresh date? (Month/year)”

 

 

NHS England holds information in regards to your query.

 

However, we consider that this information is exempt under Section 43(2)
of the FOI Act (FOIA), which exempts from the general duty to release
information which would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial
interests of any entity, including the public authority holding the
information.

 

Section 43(2) is a prejudice based exemption and, as such, we are required
to assess both the prejudice test and the public interest test in
withholding this information against that of its release.

 

When assessing the prejudice test, NHS England need to demonstrate that
there would be an impact on the commercial interests of NHS England or
upon a third party should this information be released.

 

The information requested relates to both to suppliers of services to the
Commissioning Support Unit (CSU), the services provided by the CSU to the
Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), as well as the structure and finances
of the CSU. Disclosure would be likely to provide competitors with an
advantage as it would expose both the CSU and their finances to the
public. This information could be used when competing with the CSU for IT
contracts, and in doing so, has the potential to give a greater level of
detail about their budget, spend and potential financial position than
would normally be given, thereby destabilising the CSU’s bargaining
position.

 

At present, some CSUs are competing with one another, as well as with
other organisations, for a number of contracts to provide services to
different health authorities across the country. Therefore, the release of
information would need to be taken in this context. It is also important
to note that Information disclosed under the FOI Act is a public
disclosure and would therefore be available to potential competitors of
CSUs.

 

Should the information requested be released, the CSU would be placed at a
disadvantage as releasing this information would allow competitors to work
out the vendors and costs to the CSU in providing this service and
therefore to potentially calculate the CSU’s bids for other contracts.
This would be unfair to the CSU, and should a competitor have an increased
level of knowledge of a CSU’s position, in both current and future
procurement processes, it could give them an ability to undercut the CSU
in future tendering bids. This puts the CSU at an unfair competitive
disadvantage as compared to its direct competition.

 

As a result, it is in NHS England’s opinion that this sufficiently
demonstrates the prejudice which would be caused through disclosure.

 

NHS England is also required to conduct the public interest test, which
assesses whether releasing the information would be in the public interest
despite the prejudice test being satisfied. It is important to bear in
mind that any disclosure under the FOI Act is a disclosure to the public
at large and not just to the applicant. We recognise that there is a
general public interest in information relating to contracts involving
public money being open and transparent. However, we do not believe that
this public interest is served in disclosure for damage that would be
caused as outlined above.

 

We hope this information is helpful. However, if you are dissatisfied, you
have the right to ask for an internal review by writing to us, within two
months of the date of this letter, to:

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Email: [1][NHS England request email]

 

Please quote the reference number FOI-051877 in any future communications.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have
the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a
decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Email: [2][email address]  

Website: [3]www.ico.gov.uk

 

Please note there is no charge for making an appeal.

 

Please be aware that in line with the Information Commissioner’s directive
on the disclosure of information under the FOI Act, your request will be
anonymised and published on our website as part of our disclosure log.

 

Please do not reply to this email. This message has been sent from a
central mailbox. To communicate with NHS England regarding Freedom of
Information (FOI) requests, enquiries or complaints we ask these are sent
directly to NHS England’s customer contact centre. This is to ensure all
communications are progressed correctly. Their postal address, telephone
number and email details are as follows: PO Box 16738, Redditch, B97 9PT;
0300 3 11 22 33, [4][NHS England request email].

   

Yours sincerely,

 

 

Freedom of Information

Corporate Communications Team

Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate

 

NHS England

PO Box 16738

REDDITCH

B97 9PT

 

Tel: 0300 311 22 33

Email: [5][NHS England request email]

 

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