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

freedomofinformation (NORTH MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS TRUST), North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

Dear Mr Amin

I acknowledge your request for information.

Your request is being considered and a response will be sent to you as soon as possible. I cannot confirm whether the Trust holds this information at present. The Trust aims to provide the information requested within 20 working days, as defined by the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

If you have any queries or concerns, please contact me at the above address.

Further information is available from:

The Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF
www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Anne Appadoo
Head of Information Governance
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

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APPADOO, Anne-Lise (NORTH MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL NHS TRUST), North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

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Dear Mr Amin

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. Please see the attached for the response to your enquiries.

If you require any further information, please contact me via this email address.

I should advise that if you are not satisfied with the above response you may, under the trust's complaints procedure, write to the chief executive requesting an internal review. The address to write to is:

The Chief Executive,
Trust Head Quarters
Admin Block
Sterling Way,
N18 1QX

Email [email address]

requesting an internal review.

If you remain dissatisfied with the Trust’s decision following your complaint, you may write to the Information Commissioner for a decision under Section 50 of the Freedom of Information Act. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner's Office
Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF.
Telephone: 01625 545700
www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Anne Appadoo
Head of Information Governance
North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust

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