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

Southern Health Freedom of Information, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Amin

Thank you for your email and request for information.

Please find attached our letter of acknowledgement and confirmation that this request is being handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Should you have any queries then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards,

Freedom of Information Officer
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
Quality and Governance
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
Calmore
Southampton
SO40 2RZ

Tel: 02380 874662
Email: [email address]
Web: www.southernhealth.nhs.uk

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Southern Health Freedom of Information, Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Amin

I am pleased to say that we are in a position to respond to your request concerning Trust losses and special payments.

Please find a copy of the Trust’s response letter attached for your attention.

This request has been handled under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

I am obliged to inform you that all material supplied to you including, layout, presentation, text, logos, icons, photos, and all material is copyright © Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, unless otherwise stated.

You are free to use any information supplied for your own use, including for non-commercial research purposes. The information may also be used for the purposes of news reporting. However, any other type of re-use, for example by publishing the information or issuing copies to the public, will require the express written permission of the Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust.

We would appreciate your feedback on how you thought your Freedom of Information request was handled and would be grateful if you could kindly complete a short questionnaire which can be accessed via the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/TK8D3H8

If you have any complaints in respect of your information request, please ensure you send these to the address below within 60 days of the date of this response. We regret that we will not respond to any complaints outside of the 60 day period.

Head of Legal and Insurance Services
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
5-6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
Calmore
Southampton
SO40 2RZ

If your complaint is not resolved to your complete satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner’s Office can be contacted by way of letter addressed to:

Wycliffe House
Water Lane
Wilmslow
Cheshire
SK9 5AF

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. It would be useful if you would quote the reference above in any future communications.

Kind regards,

Amanda Kimber
Freedom of Information Officer and Legal Services Assistant
Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
6 Sterne Road
Tatchbury Mount
Calmore
Southampton
SO40 2RZ
Tel 02380 874662
Email:[email address]

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