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Dear Humber NHS Foundation Trust,

I write to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on how you have instituted overseas patient charging and the costs of your overseas visitor management team at your trust, if you have one. Please can you tell me:

1) Whether you have an overseas visitor management team or a similar team? If NOT, who then is in charge of overseas patient charging in your trust in line with changes advised in the Department of Health's Draft guidance on implementing the overseas visitor charging regulations, 2017?

2) What is the cost of the current team for the preceding year, or if established only recently following the changes in 2017, its cost of set up and estimated costs for 2017/2018? (Note: this cost could include salaries, but also overheads including facilities and equipment used).

3) What, if any, charges have been levied to overseas patients in your trust by this team, and how much of this has been recouped?

Yours faithfully,

Sarah Steele

FOI (HUMBER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Sarah

Thank you for your request for information. It will be dealt with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000. In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, we will let you know. A fees notice will be issued, which you will be required to pay before we proceed with your request.

We will respond to your request within 20 working days of it being received.

All information provided under Freedom of Information is deemed to be in the public domain. The Information Commissioner requires as good practice that organisations make public, information provided from Freedom of Information requests.

Any information we provide following your request under the Freedom of Information Act will not confer an automatic right for you to re-use that information, for example to publish it. If you wish to re-use the information we provide and you do not specify this in your initial application for information then you must make a further request for its re-use as per the Re-Use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005 www.opsi.gov.uk . This will not affect your initial information request.

Yours sincerely

Kind Regards

Freedom Of Information Team
Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Mary Seacole Building, Willerby Hill,Willerby, HU10 6ED
Fax: 01482 477857

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FOI (HUMBER NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Humber Teaching NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Sarah

 

I am writing to confirm that the Humber NHS Foundation Trust has now
completed its search for the information which you requested on 14^TH
September 2017. Sorry for the delay.

 

You asked for

 

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|I write to request information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000|
|on how you have instituted overseas patient charging and the costs of |
|your overseas visitor management team at your trust, if you have one. |
|Please can you tell me: |
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|  |
| |
|1) Whether you have an overseas visitor management team or a similar |
|team? If NOT, who then is in charge of overseas patient charging in your|
|trust in line with changes advised in the Department of Health's Draft |
|guidance on implementing the overseas visitor charging regulations, |
|2017? |
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|  |
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|The Humber NHS Foundation Trust does not currently have an overseas |
|visitor management team or similar team.  However, we are aware of the |
|Charging Regulations and are in the process of assessing the impact on |
|the Trust and developing plans for implementing the guidance across our |
|services. |
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|  |
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|  |
| |
|2) What is the cost of the current team for the preceding year, or if |
|established only recently following the changes in 2017, its cost of set|
|up and estimated costs for 2017/2018? (Note: this cost could include |
|salaries, but also overheads including facilities and equipment used). |
| |
|  |
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|Not Applicable |
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|  |
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|  |
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|3) What, if any, charges have been levied to overseas patients in your |
|trust by this team, and how much of this has been recouped? |
| |
|  |
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|  |
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|No charges have been levied to overseas patients in our Trust. |
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I hope my response has covered all the information which you requested.

 

To help us measure our performance in responding to Freedom of Information
requests I wonder if you will take a little time to complete the attached
form and return it to me.

 

The information we have provided to you is copyrighted to the Humber NHS
Foundation Trust and provided to you free of charge for your personal use
or for other specific uses permitted in the Copyright Act. If however you
wish to use the information we have provided for any commercial purposes
including the sale of the information to a third party then, under the
Regulations on the Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005,
you must ask us for permission to do so in respect of each specific piece
of such information. If we do grant such permission this may involve a
licensing arrangement which may attract a fee.

 

All information provided under Freedom of Information is deemed to be in
the public domain. The Information Commissioner requires as good practice
that organisations make public, information provided from Freedom of
Information requests. The Trust will therefore place a copy of this
response on its website, [1]www.humber.nhs.uk.  This is to help anyone who
may have a similar enquiry. No personal information about you, such as
your name or email address will be shown on this posting.

 

If you have any other queries about this letter, please also contact me.

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision
you should write to:

 

PALS and Complaints Manager

Trust Headquarters

Willerby Hill

Beverley Road

Willerby

HU10 6ED

[2][email address]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Humber NHS Foundation Trust. The Information
Commissioner can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Information Governance and Legal Services

 

 

 

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