Reference 2017-505

REF:            2017-505

Subject:        Trust losses and special payments

    

 

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:

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.

  1. A summary of the loss
  2. Amount paid out in £ Sterling (or other currency)
  3. 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)

 

  1. 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.

 

 

Response:

Under Section 21 – information already reasonably accessible

 

This exemption applies if the information requested is already accessible to the requester. You could apply this if you know that the requester already has the information, or if it is already in the public domain.

 

Please follow the link to our Public Website, page 43: http://www.boltonft.nhs.uk/about-us/trust-publications-and-declarations/annual-report/