Trust losses and special payments: FOIA

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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

Dear Lucas,

 

Your Request for Information [FOI-614-17]

 

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Barts Health NHS Trust,

Lower Ground Floor,

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Yours sincerely,

 

Samir Kamil

Freedom of Information (FOI) Lead

Barts Health NHS Trust

9 Prescot Street

London E1 8PR

 

 

 

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Dear Lucas,

 

Your Request for Information [FOI-614-17]

 

Thank you for your request for information and the available information
is attached below.

 

 

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)

 

+----------------------------------------------------------------+
|Losses of cash due to overpayment of salaries etc | £90,419 |
|--------------------------------------------------+-------------|
|Fruitless payments | |
|--------------------------------------------------+-------------|
|Damage to buildings & property: theft & fraud | £2,635 |
|--------------------------------------------------+-------------|
|Damage to buildings & property: other | £13,450 |
|--------------------------------------------------+-------------|
|Ex gratia payments: loss of personal effects | £15,967 |
|--------------------------------------------------+-------------|
|Ex gratia payments: personal injury with advice | - |
|--------------------------------------------------+-------------|
|Other compensation payments | £25,409 |
+----------------------------------------------------------------+

 

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)

 

The above are aggregated and not assigned to a specific individual or
entity.

 

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.

 

Bad debts and claims abandoned: private patients £36494
Bad debts and claims abandoned: overseas visitors £1258797
Bad debts and claims abandoned: other £48669

 

I hope that the information that we have been able to provide will be of
value to you but please let us know if we can be of further assistance.
([1][Barts Health NHS Trust request email]).  We would be grateful if you would take a
minute to fill out our FOI Feedback Questionnaire at
[2]www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/foi-feedback. If you require any further
information about the services provided by Barts Health NHS Trust please
contact the press office on 020 7480 4893 (Monday to Friday 9am-5pm) or
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press officer.

If you are dissatisfied on how your request has been handled, you can
complain in writing to: The Information Governance Manager, Barts Health
NHS Trust,

Email: [3][Barts Health NHS Trust request email]

 

Postal address:

The Information Governance Manager,

c/o Archives & Records Centre,

Barts Health NHS Trust,

Lower Ground Floor,

9 Prescot St,

Aldgate,

E1 8PR

 

If, after we have addressed your complaint, you remain dissatisfied with
how we have responded, you are entitled to appeal to the Information
Commissioner (Tel: 01625 545 745). Details are shown at
[4]www.ico.org.uk  

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Samir Kamil

Freedom of Information (FOI) Coordinator

Barts Health NHS Trust
9 Prescot Street
London E1 8PR

Email: [5][email address]

Website: [6]www.bartshealth.nhs.uk

 

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