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 REQUESTS, Aintree University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Applicant,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information Ref: 4245

 

Thank you for your request for Trust information under the provisions of
the Freedom of Information Act 2000. I can confirm that this matter is
currently receiving attention and a Trust representative will be in touch
with you within the statutory timescale, currently 20 working days.

 

The Trust will inform you of any exempt information along with any fee
required, in due course. The Trust may require further detail from you to
assist its search for the information you have requested.  You may
therefore be contacted in due course if it is necessary to clarify your
request. The provisions of the Act regulate all these matters.

 

Meanwhile, if you wish to discuss any aspect of your request please do not
hesitate to contact us quoting the reference number above.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

FOI Team

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Aintree Lodge

Lower Lane

Liverpool L7 9AL

 

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Dear Applicant,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Request for Information Reference:  4245

 

Thank you for your request for information from Aintree University
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

 

The Trust has now completed its search for the information you requested.

 

Your FOI request and the Trusts response is set out below:

 

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.

 

Please see our response in the spread sheet attached.

 

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact
us.

 

To ensure continuous improvement we would be grateful if you could
complete the attached Feedback Survey.

 

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 Freedom of Information Team, Aintree Lodge, University
Hospital Aintree, Lower Lane, Liverpool, L9 7AL or email
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If you are not content with the outcome of 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  Team

Aintree University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Aintree Lodge

Lower Lane

Liverpool      L9 7AL

 

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