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

FOIRequests (ROYAL UNITED HOSPITALS BATH NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Lucas

 

Thank-you for your email received on 5^th September 2017 requesting
information which has been processed under the Freedom of Information Act.
Your request has been considered in accordance with the requirements of
this Act. I can confirm that the Trust is holding records that are
relevant to your enquiry.

 

Request Response
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.

 
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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 £1,838.00
was written off in the year 2016-17.
 
b) If, and only if, you hold the
information in an easily retrievable Overseas patient x 1
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.

 

 

I trust that this information provides you with a suitable response to
your enquiry. If not and you feel that your request has not been
satisfactorily answered, then the Trust has an internal review procedure
for dealing with complaints received under the Freedom of Information Act
2000 whereby your case is presented to the Chairman for an independent
review/decision.  Alternatively, you do have the right to complain to the
Information Commissioners Office after any internal review procedure has
been exhausted. The Information Commissioners Office is an independent
body that enforces the Freedom of Information Act, the Data Protection Act
and the Environmental Information regulations. The address of the
Information Commissioner is Information Commissioners Office, Wycliffe
House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,  Cheshire  SK9 5AF

If I can be of any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact
me again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie Clark

FOI Co-ordinator

Health Informatics Service (E5)

Apley House

Royal United Hospitals Bath NHS Foundation Trust
Combe Park, Bath, BA1 3NG

 

 

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