Trust losses and special payments: FOIA

Lucas87 made this Freedom of Information request to The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust as part of a batch sent to 232 authorities

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The request was refused by The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust.

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

Info SaTH, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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Cole Sophie, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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Dear Lucas,

 

Thank you for your request for information.

 

The Trust acknowledges your request and it is being processed as a new
request under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

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 if necessary and you
will be required to pay before I will proceed to deal with your
request.                                                                            

                                                                  

Please find attached a briefing which explains:

 

o your rights to request a review by the Trust or to complain to the
Information Commissioner’s Office if you are not satisfied with the
response from the Trust,
o an outline of the Trust’s policy on the Reuse of Public Sector
Information

 

If you have any queries regarding this email, please contact me and quote
the reference number above in any future correspondence.

 

 

Kind regards,

Sophie Cole [2][IMG]

Assurance Team Administrator and Freedom of Information Officer

Suite 2, Stretton House |The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS
Trust | Royal Shrewsbury Hospital | Mytton Oak Road | Shrewsbury
| Shropshire | SY3 8XQ

Telephone 01743 261087

Email [1][email address]

 

 

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Cole Sophie, The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust

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Dear Lucas,

 

Thank you for your FOI request sent on 5^th September 2017. You asked:

 

 

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.

 

 

Under Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I can
confirm that The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS Trust holds
information that falls within the definition in your request. Under
section 21 of the Act, this information is available to you via other
means as it is published on our website,
[1]https://www.sath.nhs.uk/wp-content/uploa...

 

Please also find attached a briefing which explains your rights to request
a review by the Trust or to complain to the Information Commissioner’s
Office if you are not satisfied with the response from the Trust, and an
outline of the Trust’s policy on the Reuse of Public Sector Information.

 

If you have any queries regarding this email, please contact the Freedom
of Information Officer via [2][email address] and quote the reference
number above in any future correspondence. If you would like to give
feedback please visit [3]https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/sathFOI  for our
short questionnaire.

 

Kind regards,

Sophie Cole [5][IMG]

Assurance Team Administrator and Freedom of Information Officer

Suite 2, Stretton House |The Shrewsbury and Telford Hospital NHS
Trust | Royal Shrewsbury Hospital | Mytton Oak Road | Shrewsbury
| Shropshire | SY3 8XQ

Telephone 01743 261087

Email [4][email address]

 

 

This message may contain confidential information. If you are not the
intended recipient please inform the sender that you have received the
message in error before deleting it. Please do not disclose, copy or
distribute information in this e-mail or take any action in relation to
its contents: to do so is strictly prohibited and may be unlawful.

 

 

 

 

 

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