Internal Reference Number: FOI_4943
Date Request Received: 07/03/2019 14:40:00
Date Request Replied To: 02/04/2019 12:50:14
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Request Summary: Losses and special payments in financial year 2017/2018
Request Category: Companies
|Question Number 1:|
In your ﬁnancial accounts for the financial year 2017/18 did you have a section for “losses and special payments?
If so how much money was accounted for in the 2017/2018 financial year as being "losses and special payments”? (Please note l am aware that the loss may have occurred many years earlier but I am interested in items which were accounted for in the last financial year, irrespective or when the loss took place.)
|Answer To Question 1:|
Details of losses and compensation payments can be found in the Trust's annual accounts published on its website at the following:
Refer to pg. 194, section 15
|Question Number 2:|
Please detail the three largest single amounts within this total, giving a cost for each loss and a detailed description of the claim and the reason for the loss.
|Answer To Question 2:|
Overseas Visitors debts £52k, £12k and £24k.
All patients were admitted through the Emergency department. None had insurance cover the Trust could recover treatment costs against.
|Question Number 3:|
What was the biggest loss written off in 2017/18 (regardless of when the debt was accumulated) that related to an unpaid patient bill? Please state the total amount of this written off debt, the nationality of the patient and the department of the hospital the majority where the majority of the bill was incurred.
|Answer To Question 3:|
£52k, patient was Kenyan, admitted to Burns department but subsequently died. The insurers paid out directly to his wife in Kenya, who disappeared and the Trust was unable to trace.
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