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.


Lucas Amin

Freedom of information request, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Lucas

Freedom of Information Ref code FOI4105 DS

With reference to your request made under the Freedom of Information Act, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust acknowledges receipt of your request for information and informs you that the process has been instigated. Our Reference number should be used in all future correspondence.

In accordance with Trust policy and the requirements of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, a period of 20 working days is assigned for processing your request. [Working days within the NHS refers to Mon-Fri.] We will provide you with an explanation if we find that there is any reason why this period may extend beyond the period prescribed by the Act.

Please contact us if you have any queries regarding the procedure.

Kind regards

Freedom of Information Office
Turnpike House
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Stott Lane
Salford M6 8HD

Telephone – 0161 206 1130
Email [email address]

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Freedom of information request, Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Lucas

The Trust has now completed collation of data to support a response to your recent Freedom of Information request.

Details requested have now been posted on the Trust website and can be viewed using this link.

We trust these details will assist with your enquiries. If we can be of any further assistance in the future please do not hesitate to contact us again.


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Yours Sincerely

Freedom of Information Officer
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust
Turnpike House
Stott Lane
Salford M6 8HD
Tel – 0161 206 1130

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