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 (EAST KENT HOSPITALS UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Dear Mr Amin

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Yours sincerely

Loraine Keeler
For Freedom of Information Office
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
Tel No: 01227 766877 Ext 722-6390
Email: [East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust request email]

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FOI (EAST KENT HOSPITALS UNIVERSITY NHS FOUNDATION TRUST), East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

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Dear Mr Amin

 

Thank you for your email of   5 September 2017 where you requested
information about Losses and Special Payments.

 

We can confirm that East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
(EKHUFT) holds the information you have requested and is set out in the
attached response.

 

We retain copyright to all information we disclose to you and any
information we supply to you under FOIA should be for your personal use.
  

 

To ensure we provide you with the exact information you want, it would be
helpful if you could tell us if you plan to re-use or publish the
information we provide to you and we will then ensure permissions are
obtained.   

 

Information released under FOI can be re-used free of charge under an open
government licence.  A copy of this licence can be found via the link
below:

[1]http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/doc/o...

 

If you have any queries about this request do not hesitate to contact me.
Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future
communications.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in
East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Loraine Keeler

For Freedom of Information Office

East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust

Tel No:  01227 766877 Ext 722-6390

Email:  [4][East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

If your e-mail is a request for information under the Freedom of
Information Act 2000, please forward to [5][East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust request email]

 

 

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