Reference 2021-31

REF:2021-31

Subject: Transport Provider           

 

Request:

Please state who is your current patient transport service provider, if it is due to change please state who it is at present, but also who has won the contract. If the tender is out! Please state where it is advertised.

 

Response:

Thank you for your email of 19th January 2021 where you requested information about Transport Provider.

 

From our assessment, it is clear that we will not be able to answer your request. The Trust is in the process to tender in the next couple of month and we cannot disclose this information, because:

 

Information is exempt information if its disclosure under this Act would, or would be likely to, prejudice the commercial interests of any person (including the public authority holding it)

 

Therefore, we are refusing the request under Section 43(2).

 

Section 43(2) – Prejudice to commercial interests:

 

Procurement – many public authorities will be involved in the purchase of goods and services and will hold a wide range of information relating to this procurement process. This can include: information provided during a tendering process about both successful and unsuccessful tenders; details of a contract with a successful company; future procurement plans; and performance information about a contractor.

 

Own commercial interests –some public authorities, such as publicly owned companies, are allowed to engage in commercial activities and many generate their own income. Any information held about these activities will potentially fall within the scope of the exemption.

 

You may wish to re-request in a few months once this information will be available.

 

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