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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

FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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Thank you for your request for information which is currently being
reviewed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

We will contact you again with a response within the 20 working days
commitment outlined in the Freedom of Information Act.

 

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if this is the case, we
will let you know. A fees notice will be issued which will need to be paid
before we proceed with your request.

 

If you have any queries, please contact the FOI Co-ordinator on 0161 279
4825.

 

Thank you.

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FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

North West Ambulance Service

Email: mailto:[email address]

FOI 805

Dear Lucas Admin,

Thank you for your request for information.

Your request was received on the 06 September 2017 and is currently being reviewed under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

We will contact you again with a response to your request within the 20 working days commitment outlined in the Freedom of Information Act. However if there are any queries with your request which I need to clarify with you, I will contact you at the earliest opportunity.

In some circumstances a fee may be payable and if that is the case, I will let you know. A fees notice will be issued to you, and you will be required to pay before we will proceed to deal with your request.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference above in any future communications.

Yours sincerely

Elle Atherton
Communications Administrator

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Headquarters, Ladybridge Hall, 399 Chorley New Road, Bolton, BL1 5DD

01204 498306

Internal ext : 4210
[email address]
www.nwas.nhs.uk

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FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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FOI805

 

Dear Mr Amin

 

You have an FOI request which is due next Tuesday 3 October – I am writing
to request a week’s extension as I am just having the information checked
over. This is taking a little longer than usual as there is quite a bit of
information.

 

Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

 

Kind regards

Christina

 

 

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FOI Enquiries, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

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FOI805

 

Dear Lucas,

 

Thank you for agreeing to an extended response period in order to comply
with your request.  Please now find attached response to your FOI request.

 

Please note that in response to question 2b, all debt written off was
non-NHS.

 

I hope the information is of assistance and would ask that if you intend
to use this  information in a future media article, we are given the
opportunity to provide a qualifying comment.

 

Kind regards

Christina  

 

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Please use this email address for all replies to this request:

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