Request & Response:
1) How many foreign nationals have been declined treatment after referral from their GP because they have been deemed ineligible for secondary care for the NHS in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 so far? *For the 2011/12 data please specify the period covered.
2) Please provide details of the treatments foreign nationals were refused on the basis of them being deemed ineligible for secondary care after being referred by GPs NHS in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 so far?
3) How many foreign nationals have been treated at your hospitals after being referred by GPs in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 so far? What organisation(s) reimburse you for this care (i.e. PCTs, GP practices)?
4) What is the value of secondary care given to foreign nationals in 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12 (so far)? How much have you been reimbursed for this care to date, and how much remains outstanding?
Under section 12 of the FOIA a public authority does not have to comply with a request for information if the cost of compliance exceeds the appropriate limit.
The appropriate limit: Section 12 of the FOIA provides an exemption from a public authority’s obligation to comply with a request for information where the cost of compliance is estimated to exceed the appropriate limit.
We don’t record separately “foreign nationals” – we record overseas visitors which will include UK citizens living overseas and EU residents living here as ordinarily resident
We have notification of overseas visitors from a number of different sources that will include GP referral, however we do not record this separately