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

Dear Lucas

FOI Request

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request we are now investigating the nature of the search and the quantity of information requested. Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act it is expected to respond to requests in 20 working days however due to unforeseen circumstances there will be a delay to your request. I should be most grateful if you would consider accepting a two week extension to your request.

Please be aware there are a number of exemptions within the Act which could stop the release of information. The information will be assessed for these exemptions prior to us releasing the information to you. We will advise you if we are unable to provide the information requested and will confirm the exemption used.

In addition to this, please note that there may be a cost associated to your request in line with section 12 of the Act. If there is a cost associated with your request we will contact you and explain the cost.

In accordance with section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 where multiple requests for information are received from one person or by different persons who appear to be acting in together in a single campaign the estimated cost of complying with any of the requests is to be taken to be the estimated total cost of complying with all of them. To this effect your requests for information will be dealt with under the single reference number above.

If you have any queries I would be grateful if you would contact me so that we can discuss the issues. Details of the complaints procedure will be sent to you should you wish to see them. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are not content with the outcome your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information
Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

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Hodgkins Julie,

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Hi Joyce

 

Please find attached another FOI for your approval.

 

Many thanks

 

Julie

 

 

Julie Hodgkins

Information Governance Officer

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

Office Tele No:   0121 612 8017

Fax Tele No:  0121 612 3779

Email Address: [1][email address], [2][email address]

 

 

 

 

 

Dear Lucas

 

Freedom of Information Request- Trust losses and special payment

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request in respect of the
above subject where you requested the following information:-

 

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.

 £24k

 

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.

 

Not able to provide without individual analysis.

 

 

 

The full Freedom of Information Act 2000 is available on the legislation
website via the following link:
[3]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000.... The Trust is
regarding this response as a full and complete discharge of its
responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to
this request. I trust it fulfils your requirements but should you have any
concerns please do not hesitate to contact me and I will attempt to
resolve your issues.

 

In the event you pursue a complaint/investigation and are not content with
the outcome, you have the option to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Tel: 0121 612 8017

Fax: 0121 612 3779

Black Country Partnership FT.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dear Lucas

 

Freedom of Information Request- Trust losses and special payment

 

Thank you for your recent Freedom of Information request in respect of the
above subject where you requested the following information:-

 

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)

 

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2. Bad debts

 

a)    Please state how much bad debt was written off in the year 2016-17.

 £24k

 

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.

 

Not able to provide without individual analysis.

 

 

 

The full Freedom of Information Act 2000 is available on the legislation
website via the following link:
[2]http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2000.... The Trust is
regarding this response as a full and complete discharge of its
responsibilities under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 in relation to
this request. I trust it fulfils your requirements but should you have any
concerns please do not hesitate to contact me and I will attempt to
resolve your issues.

 

In the event you pursue a complaint/investigation and are not content with
the outcome, you have the option to apply directly to the Information
Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision
unless you have exhausted the complaints procedure provided by the Trust.
The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information
Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9
5AF.

 

 

Yours sincerely

 

Information Governance Team

Tel: 0121 612 8017

Fax: 0121 612 3779

Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*** Do not send or forward any patient identifiable data from BCPFT email
accounts to NHS.NET email addresses without using the *send secure* option
within the subject line otherwise you will contravene Trust Policy and NHS
Information Governance principles. ***

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This email is confidential and is intended only for
the named recipient(s). The information contained in
this email may be subject to public disclosure under
the NHS Code of Openness or the Freedom of Information
Act 2000. Any processing, redistribution, disclos ure
or r eproduction of this message, except as intended,
is prohibited.
   
If you have received this email in error, please
notify the sender and remove all copies of the
message, including any attachments. Views or opinions
expressed in this email do not necessarily represent
the views of the Trust.

Neither Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
nor the sender accepts responsibility for viruses. It
is your responsibility to scan the email and any
attachments.

 

*** Do not send or forward any patient identifiable data from BCPFT email
accounts to NHS.NET email addresses without using the *send secure* option
within the subject line otherwise you will contravene Trust Policy and NHS
Information Governance principles. ***

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Do you really need to print this email?

This email is confidential and is intended only for the named
recipient(s). The information contained in this email may be subject
to public disclosure under the NHS Code of Openness or the Freedom of
Information Act 2000. Any processing, redistribution, disclos ure or r
eproduction of this message, except as intended, is prohibited.
   
If you have received this email in error, please notify the sender and
remove all copies of the message, including any attachments. Views or
opinions expressed in this email do not necessarily represent the
views of the Trust.

Neither Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust nor the sender
accepts responsibility for viruses. It is your responsibility to scan
the email and any attachments.

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