Reference 2019-160

REF:           2019-160

Subject:       Medicines shortages spend

 

Request:

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I am requesting the following information on medicines shortages at your trust:

1) The total number of medicines that your trust considered to be facing a shortage throughout:

  1. 2016/17
  2. 2017/18
  3. 2018/19 to date

2) A list of the medicines your trust considered to be in short supply for each year:

  1. 2016/17
  2. 2017/18
  3. 2018/19 to date

3) The total amount of money your trust spent in response to these medicines shortages to find and procure alternative medicines – including the cost of “off-contract claims” from suppliers against NHS England/CMU contracts – in:

  1. 2016/17
  2. 2017/18
  3. 2018/19 to date

4) A breakdown of what this cost includes, if it includes costs other than that of finding and procuring alternative medicines, for each year listed above.

 

 

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, because will require a manual review. 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.

 

If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.