Reference 2018-500

REF:           2018-500

Subject:       NHS Suppliers

  

Request:

I am trying to understand the number of suppliers the NHS purchases from so please can you send me a list of all suppliers you purchase goods or services from and the annual value you bought from them in your last financial year.

 

 

Response:

From our preliminary assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to answer your request without further clarification.

 

We estimate that it will take us in excess of 2.5 working days to determine appropriate material and locate, retrieve and extract the information in reference to your request. Therefore, your request will not be processed further.

 

Section 12 of the Act makes provision for public authorities to refuse requests for information where the cost of dealing with them would exceed the appropriate limit, which for Bolton NHS Foundation Trust is set at £450. This represents the estimated cost of one person spending 2.5 working days in determining whether the department holds the information, locating, retrieving and extracting the information.

 

You may wish to refine your request by narrowing its scope by being more specific about what information you particularly wish to obtain, including any dates or period of time relevant to the information required.

 

If you are dissatisfied with the handling of your request, you have the right to ask for an internal review. Internal review requests should be submitted within two months of the date of receipt of the response to your original letter and should be addressed to: Chief Executive, Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, The Royal Bolton Hospital, Minerva Road, Farnworth, Bolton. BL4 0JR

 

Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.