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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 (RW3) CMFT Manchester, Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Amin,

 

We are writing to acknowledge receipt of your request for information
under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. 

 

Your request has been assigned the following reference number 547-17, and
we would be grateful if you could quote this reference number in any
future correspondence relating to your request.

 

We will endeavor to respond to your request at the earliest opportunity
and within the statutory 20 working day time limit, subject to the
following constraints:-

 

(a) The Freedom of Information Act 2000 defines a number of exemptions,
which may prevent the release of the information you have requested.  If
any of the exemption categories apply, the information will not be
released to you and we will advise you accordingly, including your rights
of appeal.

 

(b) If the information you have requested contains reference to a third
party, we will consult with them prior to making a decision on whether to
release the information to you.

 

Further information is also available from the Information Commissioner
at:-

 

Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

SK9 5AF

Telephone: 0303 123 1113

Website: [1]www.ico.org.uk        

 

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

 

Yours sincerely

 

FOI Team

 

Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

3rd Floor, Cobbett House

Manchester Royal Infirmary, Oxford Road

Manchester, M13 9WL

Tel: 0161 701 0375

Email: [2][Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust request email] 

 

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Dear Mr Amin,

 

Please find attached the response to your FOI request.

 

Kind regards

FOI Team

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Cobbett House
Oxford Road
Manchester
M13 9WL

E: [1][email address]

 

 

[2]www.mft.nhs.uk

 

 

 

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