Reference 2017-5

REF:            2017-5

Subject:        Dummy appointments

    

 

Request:

Please find my questions below:

 

  1. Does your NHS trust use a dummy appointment system?
  2. Please elaborate on the answer to question 1 to explain why, or why not.
  3. If the answer to question 1 is no, has the Trust ever used a dummy appointment system in the past?
  4. If the answer to question 1 is yes, how many dummy appointments have been made available by your Trust in the past three calendar years (2014, 2015, 2016)? Please provide the figure for each year separately. What percentage of total appointments does this represent?
  5. If the answer to question 1 is yes, how are dummy appointments cancelled?
  6. If the answer to question 1 is yes, are patients who have been allocated a dummy appointment made aware that the slot should not be attended?
  7. If the answer to question 1 is yes, how much has it cost your NHS Trust to administer cancellations of dummy appointments over the past 3 calendar years (2014/2015/2016)? Please provide separate figures for each year.
  8. How many Appointment Slot Issues (ASI’s) resulting from the NHS e-referral service has the Trust had in the past calendar year?
  9. Has the Trust had to pay any financial penalties for missing a contractual target ensuring sufficient NHS e-referral appointments are available? Please provide figures from the past 3 calendar years (2014/2015/2016).
  10. Are “dummy appointments” included in your waiting list statistics submitted to NHS England?
  11. Are patients who have generated ASI’s included in your waiting times statistics submitted to NHS England?

 

Response:

Please find information attached.

2017-5-foi-request-dummy-appointments [114 kb] PDF

 

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