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

Clark, Susan, Wye Valley NHS Trust

WYE VALLEY NHS TRUST
Trust Headquarters
County Hospital
Union Walk
Hereford
HR1 2ER
Tel: 01432 364000

Email: [Wye Valley NHS Trust request email]

6th September 2017

Dear Sir

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST 6328

Thank you for your request for information received by Wye Valley NHS Trust, for Freedom of Information purposes on 6th September 2017. I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

You will receive the information requested within 20 working days unless the Trust does not hold the information or there is a reason for it to be withheld. I will write to you in any event

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

If you have any queries or concerns then please contact me, contact details are given at the top of the letter.

Further information about Freedom of Information Act 2000 is also available from the Information Commissioner at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 745 www.ico.gov.uk

Yours faithfully

Susan Clark
Corporate Governance Officer

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WYE VALLEY NHS TRUST
Trust Headquarters
County Hospital
Hereford
HR1 2ER
Tel: 01432 364000
[Wye Valley NHS Trust request email]

6th September 2017

Dear Sir

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION ACT 2000 – INFORMATION REQUEST 6328

Thank you for your request for information.

Wye Valley NHS Trust responds as per attached spreadsheet.

If you have queries or any concerns contact details are given at the top of the letter. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision, you should write to:

Nicola Foreman
Associate Director Corporate Governance/Company Secretary
Wye Valley NHS Trust
Trust Headquarters
The County Hospital
Hereford
HR1 2ER

Email: [email address]

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:

Information Commissioner’s Office
Wycliffe House,
Water Lane,
Wilmslow,
Cheshire, SK9 5AF

Telephone: 01625 545 745 www.ico.gov.uk

Yours faithfully

Susan Clark – Corporate Governance Officer

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