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Request Reference: 8271 Request Date: 01 Feb 2019
Request: Freedom of Information request (NHS Ref: FOI-058055) Dear [name redacted], Re: Freedom of Information request (Our Ref: FOI-058055) Thank you for your Freedom of Information (FOI) request dated 12 December 2018. Your exact request was:- “This is a FoIR request for statistical information relating to NHSBSA Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) and must be referred to the Authority''''s appropriately-qualified Information Governance dept. and staff The following information/data is requested : During the financial period 2017-2018, how many Penalty Charge Notices (PCNs) have subsequently resulted in County Court legal action/enforcement, and where these PCNs relate only to Claimants who would have been deemed to have been fully entitled to claim said free prescriptions, but who - for whatever reason - did not hold a valid Prescription Exemption Certificate (or any other form of exemption certificate, voucher, or other means) during the period within which NSHBSA checks were made Example: 2018-2019 (f/yr), 22,450 PCNs issued, 0 cases referred for legal action (County Court claims) It is my own understanding that there have never been any such cases referred to a Court Court, which begs the question why these PCNs are even issued, and why those who are fully entitled to claim these free prescriptions are subsequently sent these Notice, simply because they were unaware or not able to remember their Certificate end dates, etc.” NHS England does not hold this information. It may help if we explain that the NHS in England is not a single organisation but is made up of a range of organisations such as Hospitals, Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) and Ambulance Trusts. NHS England is responsible for commissioning primary care services such as GP and dental surgeries, as well as some specialised secondary care services. Therefore, any recorded information NHS England may be able to provide in response to an FOI request will generally relate to the services NHS England commissions. For information on commissioned services and the types of information NHS England holds can be found on our website and publication scheme. For further information on the NHS, its structure and other NHS organisations please refer to NHS Choices here. It should be noted that a Request had already been made some months ago for this information and therefore this Request should be treated as a reminder. As is often the case with FOIRs, I am redirected elsewhere, but within the same organisation. I have requested information from the NHS, irrespective of whether I have the correct door. This request should therefore be referred to the correct department, ie. it is not for the requester to ascertain which door to knock on. I would therefore expect the this Request to dealt with without any further input from myself. Using words such as ''''may be'''' are not helpful either. If this response to this Request cannot be met, then a ''''internal review'''' should be undertaken. [On 25 February 2019 you clarified the following:] It appears that you have answered your own question, and the original question which I asked, which was considered quite clearly written, ie. "...The number of penalty charge notices (PCNs) issued in the financial years of 2017-2018 and 2018-present (up to 31 January 2019)...". Any other comments contained within the original FoIR Request are either pe

Status: Complete
Response Date: 25 Mar 2019
Response: Please see attached response