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

Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Amin,

Thank you for your request for information made under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. This request was received by us on 05/09/2017 and
has been logged in our system with the reference number FOI/IG/4682.
Please ensure that you use this reference in any future correspondence
regarding this request.

The Trust has 20 working days from the date of receipt to respond to your
request, however we will endeavour to provide our response as soon as
possible. Should we require an extension to this deadline or any
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Yours sincerely,

The FOI Coordinator
The Information Governance Department
POOLE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Address: Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB, Dorset
Tel: 01202 442866
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Dear Mr Amin,

In response to your request received by us on 05/09/2017, please see the
information attached. Any exemptions applied to this request are indicated
as appropriate/applicable.

We trust that this satisfactorily responds to your request however, if you
feel it necessary, you do have the right of appeal against the information
that we have provided. In the first instance, you should direct your
complaint to the Trust's Information Governance Manager using the contact
details provided below. If our internal complaints process does not
resolve your concerns, you may also then submit a complaint to the
Information Commissioner's Office either by post to Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF or by telephone on 08456 30 60 60 or
01625 545745. You can also find further information regarding your rights
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 on the ICO website:
https://ico.org.uk/for-the-public/offici...

Yours sincerely,

The FOI Coordinator
The Information Governance Department
POOLE HOSPITAL NHS FOUNDATION TRUST

Address: Longfleet Road, Poole, BH15 2JB, Dorset
Tel: 01202 442866
Email: [Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust request email]
Web: https://www.poole.nhs.uk/about-us/freedo...

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