Spend through GCloud framework

Michael Dennis made this Freedom of Information request to Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear sirs,

According to data published by Crown Commercial Service, since August 2016 you have spent £1,951,485.85 on Specialist Cloud Services with Healthcare Clinical Informatics Limited. Please can you provide details of the Cloud systems you have implemented or are in the process of implementing as a result of this spend. Please can you also provide any requirements specification you produced.

In addition, in view of the large spend with a single company, please can you provide details of the process undertaken to identify this supplier, the search you undertook on the Digital Marketplace to select this supplier and the other suppliers you considered before choosing Healthcare Clinical Informatics.

Yours faithfully,

Michael Dennis

SWBH-GM-FOIRequests (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Thank you for your freedom of information request received on 14th February 2018 (below).

Your request will now be considered in accordance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000. You will receive a response within the statutory timescale of 20 working days after the date of receipt as defined by the Act, subject to the information not being exempt or containing a reference to a third party. In some circumstances we may be unable to achieve this deadline. If this is likely you will be informed and given a revised timescale at the earliest opportunity.

In some cases there may be a fee payable for the retrieval, collation and provision of the information you request. If this is the case you will be informed and the 20 working day timescale will be suspended until we receive payment from you. If you choose not to make payment then your request will remain unanswered.

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Kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
Tel: 0121 507 3837 / 07970 229794
[email address]
Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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Dear Sirs,

Your response to my Freedom of Information Act request was due yesterday. Please can you respond without delay.

Yours sincerely,

Michael Dennis

Dear Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust,

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

I am writing to request an internal review of Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust's handling of my FOI request 'Spend through GCloud framework'.

I asked on 14 February for information about the £1.95m spent with Healthcare Clinical Informatics Limited on Cloud support services in 2017. Amounts were spent every month through the year, and the amounts each month are £100-300k so this information should be readily available. Prior to engaging the consultancy following the GCloud Buyers' Guide you will have had to develop a statement of requirements and assess this against the available suppliers to identify the one who provided the best value. So it is difficult to see why you would not be able to respond to this request quickly.

The Freedom of Information Act requires you to respond promptly and in any event within 20 working days. After waiting 20 working days I prompted your team that they were late. They appear to have ignored this. I am therefore having to escalate this to an internal review.

Please can you firstly ensure that your FOI team attends to answering my request as quickly as possible. And then secondly please can you investigate why they failed to respond with 20 working days and ignored my prompt that they were late.

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

Yours faithfully,

Michael Dennis

SWBH-GM-FOIRequests (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Mr Dennis

Your initial request was sent to our Deputy Chief Information Officer.

My sincere apologies this response was not provided within the FOI Act 20 days timeframe, and my personal responsibilities to have overlooked your prompt/reminder email.

I have escalated the request for information to the Chief Information Officer and I anticipate to provide the response from him later today or tomorrow at the latest.

With kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
Tel: 0121 507 3837
Email: [email address]
Address: Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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DOOLEY, Clare (SANDWELL AND WEST BIRMINGHAM HOSPITALS NHS TRUST), Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust

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Dear Mr Dennis

Please find attached the response to your FOI request, with apologies again for the delay in providing this to you.

With kind regards.

Clare Dooley
Head of Corporate Governance/Trust Board Secretary
Tel: 0121 507 3837
Email: [email address]
Address: Trust Headquarters, Health and Wellbeing Centre, Sandwell General Hospital, Lyndon, West Bromwich B71 4HJ

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