Trust losses and special payments: FOIA

Lucas87 made this Freedom of Information request to London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust as part of a batch sent to 232 authorities

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Dear Sir or Madam,

This is a FOIA request. The Trust is required to provide information on losses and special payments in its annual report. I am writing to request additional, more detailed information regarding these losses and payments. I am making this request because I believe there is a clear and compelling public interest in understanding more about the types of losses and special payments the Trust makes.

1. Losses and special payments

Please provide a copy of your losses and special payments register or database for the year 2016-17. I would expect this information to include, but not necessarily be limited to:

a) Category of loss or special payment (e.g. bad debt, fruitless payment, compensation payment made under legal obligation) as defined in relevant losses and special payments policy or procedure documents.
b) A summary of the loss
c) Amount paid out in £ Sterling (or other currency)
d) Debtor name (where that debtor is a company or disclosure of a person’s name is permitted by the data protection provisions of s.40)

2. Bad debts

a) Please state how much bad debt was written off in the year 2016-17.
b) If, and only if, you hold the information in an easily retrievable format, i.e. not in individual case files, please state how much of this bad debt was non-NHS and/or private patient debt write offs and/or overseas visitors related.

This request is only concerned with information which is easily exportable and does not require the Trust to review individual case files, which might trigger the cost threshold (s.12). I am interested in any and all relevant information which is easily exportable and that provides greater clarity on how losses were accrued and special payments were made, but which is not published in your annual report. The information I am requesting should not, therefore, be caught by s.21 or s.22.

If you consider that some information is exempt from disclosure please cite the section of the FOIA you are using to redact information. Please also ensure any redactions you make are sufficiently granular and do not withhold information on a 'blanket' basis. When applying exemptions which contain a public interest test, please also explain, in line with the guiding principles of the Information Tribunal, how the public interest would be, or would be likely to be, materially prejudiced by disclosure.

I would be grateful if you could be mindful of your statutory duty to provide advice and assist to requesters (s.16) when responding to this request. I would prefer to receive all information electronically and in machine-readable formats (such as .xls) where applicable. I would also be grateful if you could acknowledge receipt of this request.

Thank you for the time you will invest in providing a response.

Gratefully,

Lucas Amin

FOI (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

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FOI (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

Dear Mr Amin

Thank you for your request for the information below which we are dealing with under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, this includes applying any exemptions that maybe applicable.

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Kind regards

FOI Team
London North West Healthcare NHS Trust
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MORAN, Natalie (LONDON NORTH WEST HEALTHCARE NHS TRUST), London North West University Healthcare NHS Trust

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Dear Mr Amin

 

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust is responding to your Freedom of
Information request received on 05/09/2017.

FOI Ref: 1063-17

 

You asked:

1. Losses and special payments

 

Please provide a copy of your losses and special payments register or
database for the year 2016-17. I would expect this information to include,
but not necessarily be limited to:

 

a) Category of loss or special payment (e.g. bad debt, fruitless payment,
compensation payment made under legal obligation) as defined in relevant
losses and special payments policy or procedure documents.

b) A summary of the loss

c) Amount paid out in £ Sterling (or other currency)

d) Debtor name (where that debtor is a company or disclosure of a person’s
name is permitted by the data protection provisions of s.40)

 

2. Bad debts

 

a) Please state how much bad debt was written off in the year 2016-17.

b) If, and only if, you hold the information in an easily retrievable
format, i.e. not in individual case files, please state how much of this
bad debt was non-NHS and/or private patient debt write offs and/or
overseas visitors related.

 

In response:

Please see attached spreadsheet.

 

We trust this is now complete and thank you for your interest in London
North West Healthcare NHS Trust.

 

All information supplied by the Trust in answering a request for
information (RFI) under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 will be
subject to the terms of the Re-use of Public Sector Information
Regulations 2005, Statutory Instrument 2005 No.1515 which came into force
on 1st July 2005, with the exception of any third party copyright material
provided, which will be indicated as such.  Any information disclosed to
you as part of any FOI response is therefore available for re-use in
accordance with the Regulations, with the exception of third party
copyright material where the copyright holder will need to grant
permission for re-use.

 

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Licence.  The Licence for re-use will be in line with the requirements of
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however the Trust reserves the right, in certain circumstances, to charge
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you should write to Information Governance Manager, London North West
Healthcare Trust, Ealing Hospital, Uxbridge Road, UB1 3HW  or Email:-
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Kind regards

 

FOI Team

London North West Healthcare NHS Trust

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