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

FOI, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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FOI, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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FOI, Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

Dear Lucas Amin,

 

Thank you for your recent request for information under the Freedom of
Information (FOI) Act 2000.

 

We are now in a position to respond to your request.

 

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.

 

Our response:

 

Under Section 1(1)(a) of the Freedom of Information Act, the Trust can
confirm that it holds information relevant to your request and this has
been provided where possible below.

 

1.  Please find information below taken from the Trust’s losses and
special payments register for the financial year 2016/17:

 

a)  Please see table:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
| | Amount |Cases | |
|--------------------+-----------+------+--------------------------------|
|Ex-Gratia Payments |£24,704.99 | 81 |See breakdown below (b) |
|--------------------+-----------+------+--------------------------------|
|Other Causes |£40,492.00 | 4 |Pharmacy w/o Damaged or Expired |
|--------------------+-----------+------+--------------------------------|
|Total |£65,196.99 | 85 |(c) |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

b)  Please see table:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|  | Amount | Cases |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Ombudsman | £5,684.76 | 10 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Lost Dentures | £4,898.85 | 9 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Lost Glasses | £542.50 | 3 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Lost Hearing Aids | £8,811.25 | 9 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Travel/Parking costs | £789.48 | 23 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Unpaid postage | £14.00 | 3 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Lost/Damaged clothing or other belongings | £1,654.15 | 15 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Lost Money | £1,185.00 | 4 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Other | £1,125.00 | 5 |
|------------------------------------------+----------------+------------|
|Total | £24,704.99 | 81 |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

c)  Please refer to the table provided for part a) of your request.

 

d)  Please see table:

 

+------------------------------------------------------------------------+
|   | Amount | Cases |   |
|----------------+--------------+-----------+----------------------------|
| Company (1) | £570.00 | 1 |Part of total in section b) |
|----------------+--------------+-----------+----------------------------|
| Company (2) | £2,400.00 | 2 |Part of total in section b) |
+------------------------------------------------------------------------+

 

2.  Non NHS - £21,444; Private Patients - £3,087; Overseas - £5,348

 

 

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you, please do not hesitate to contact us at: [1][BSUH request email]   

 

Re-use of Public Sector Information Regulations 2005

 

The supply of information under the Freedom of Information Act is intended
to be for personal use only and does not automatically give the recipient
the right to commercially re-use it, for example, the right to publish it
or make it available to a wider audience [SI 2005 No: 1515 4(1)].

 

The Trust provides information under the Freedom of Information Act in
line with the template [2]Open Government Licence for public sector
information.  Should you wish to re-use any information in line with this
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The Open Government Licence allows you to re-use information freely and
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We hope that you find the information provided helpful.

 

Yours sincerely

 

Freedom of Information Office

Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust

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