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Continuing Health Care – Fast Track (1718066)

1. How many people in all the hospitals within your CCG have died in hospital awaiting the start of a package of fast-track continuing healthcare. 

In relation to Q1 to Q3 we believe that the cost of complying with your request would exceed the cost threshold as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.  As a result, we are refusing your request under section 12 of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Section 12 of the Act allows a public authority to refuse a request if the cost of providing the information to the applicant would exceed the ‘appropriate limit’ as defined by the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004.

The Regulations provide that the appropriate limit to be applied to requests received by public authorities is £450 (equivalent to 2.5 days of work).  In estimating the cost of complying with a request for information, an authority can only take into account any reasonable costs incurred in:

“(a) determining whether it holds the information,

(b) locating the information, or a document which may contain the information,

(c) retrieving the information, or a document which may contain the information, and

(d) extracting the information from a document containing it”.

We have made an assessment that this request will require the CCG to undertake a manual trawl of approximately 700 electronically held records.  It would require a manual search of a variety of documentation, within each record, to identify if the required information is actually held as part of the records we hold.

The information held within Continuing Healthcare records regarding Fast Track referrals is reliant on information provided by health and social care professionals within Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Calderdale Council and third sector organisations.  As a result, the CCG cannot guarantee it holds (within its Continuing Healthcare records) all the information that would be required to provide you with an accurate and complete response to your request.

If you would like to discuss ways of narrowing your request to bring it within the cost threshold, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 2.   What is the average time period in your CCG in hours/days from the point at which a fast-track CHC application is made to the care package being provided for the 12 month period to the end of March 2017?

 Please see above.

3.   What is the average time period in your CCG in hours/days from the point at which a fast-track CHC application is approved to the care package being provided for the 12 month period to the end of March 2017?

 Please see above.

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