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

Julie Mann (Velindre - Corporate Services), Velindre NHS Trust

Dear Mr Amin

 

Ref: CORP 783

 

Thank you for your request for the following information, which we
received on the 06/09/2017.

 

Your 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.

 

We are currently processing your request and will write to you shortly.

We aim to respond to requests for information within 20 working days of
receiving the request. 

If we are unable to respond in this time, we will contact you accordingly.

 

In the meantime if you have any queries then please do not hesitate to
contact us quoting the ref number shown above.

 

Kind regards,

 

Julie Mann

     

 

Julie Mann

Pencadlys Ymddiriedolaeth GIG Felindre

Swyddog Cyfathrebu a Chydymffurfiad

2 Cwrt Charnwood

Heol Billingsley

Parc Nantgarw

Caerdydd

CF15 7QZ

      

Ffon - 029 20316951

E-bost: [email address]

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Velindre NHS Trust HQ

Communication and Compliance Officer

2, Charnwood Court

Heol Billingsley

Parc Nantgarw

Cardiff

CF15 7QZ

 

Tel - 029 20316951

Email: [email address]

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Julie Mann (Velindre - Corporate Services), Velindre NHS Trust

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Dear Mr Amin

 

Freedom of Information Request: 

 

Request under Freedom of Information Act 2000

 

Thank you for your request for information in relation to losses and
special payments at Velindre which we received on 05/09/2017.

 

Your Request:

 

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.

 

 

Velindre NHS Trust response:

 

I am pleased to provide the information requested in the attached
spreadsheets.

 

I trust this answers your request for information, however, should you not
be satisfied with the information supplied or the process of supplying it,
you have a right to complain and request a review.  You should forward
your complaint to:-

 

Mr Stuart Morris

Assistant Director of Informatics

Velindre NHS Trust

2, Charnwood Court

Heol Billingsley

Parc Nantgarw

Cardiff / Caerdydd

CF15 7QZ

Tel / Ffon - 029 20196161

Should you wish to take your complaint further, if you are still unhappy
with the decision after review, you can contact the:-

Information Commissioner's Office - Wales

2nd Floor,

Churchill House,

Churchill Way,

Cardiff,

CF10 2HH

Telephone: 029 2067 8400

fax: 029 2067 8399

email: [email address]

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

 

Julie Mann

Pencadlys Ymddiriedolaeth GIG Felindre

Swyddog Cyfathrebu a Chydymffurfiad

2 Cwrt Charnwood

Heol Billingsley

Parc Nantgarw

Caerdydd

CF15 7QZ

      

Ffon - 029 20316951

E-bost: [email address]

 A wnewch chi ystyried yr amgylchedd cyn argraffu’r neges hon

Velindre NHS Trust HQ

Communication and Compliance Officer

2, Charnwood Court

Heol Billingsley

Parc Nantgarw

Cardiff

CF15 7QZ

 

Tel - 029 20316951

Email: [email address]

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