LETTER TO THE NHS WITH THEIR REPLY:

Dear NHS England,

Are CCGs working as free enterprises with autonomy on salary structures which are imposed elsewhere by the NHS. Has a recent migration of key staff taken place from one CCG to another due to any difference in salaries for similar employment?

Will the free market principal apply to allocation of funds? Will qualification of service providers be authenticated by individual CCGs or by NHS England.

Will the transient community of service providers be monitored for compliance to health and safety, qualifications, DBS requirements etc.? And who will be legally responsible for contracting key staff and their authenticity.

Are there any principles or rules in place to restrict dual or more roles being taken (with salaries) by an individual.

What is the conclusion for Cheshire & Merseyside STP amalgamation of its CCGs as from April 2020.

Yours faithfully,

Dear ——-

Thank you for your correspondence.

NHS England is not, at this stage, able to proceed with your enquiry under the (FOI) Act, as your request is unclear.

NHS England may hold some information in relation to the issues raised, however, please note that the FOI Act gives you the right to ask any public sector organisation for the recorded information they have on any subject. You can ask for any information you think a public authority may hold. The right only covers recorded information which includes information held on computers, in emails and in printed or handwritten documents. Your request can be in the form of a question, rather than a request for specific documents, but the authority does not have to answer your question if this would mean creating new information or giving an opinion or judgment that is not already recorded.

As it is currently phrased, your request appears to be seeking opinions or non-recorded information. As such, we would be grateful if you could clarify the following:

 1. Please specify what recorded information you are requesting from NHS England.

 2. Please clarify what timeframe you are requesting information in relation to.

 3. Within the context of your request, please clarify what is meant by “the conclusion for Cheshire & Merseyside STP amalgamation of its CCGs”

 4. Within the context of your request, please clarify what is meant by “transient community of service providers”?

 5. Please clarify what additional information you are requesting when you refer to “etc”

 6. Please clarify, within the context of your request, what you mean by “authenticity”.

 7. Please clarify, within the context of your request, what you mean by “the free market principal”.

It may also help if we explain that NHS England is not the same as ‘the NHS in England’. 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. Therefore, information in respect of other NHS organisations, including CCGs may be held by those organisations who would need to be approached directly.

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Yours sincerely,

Freedom of Information Corporate Communications Team Transformation and Corporate Operations Directorate NHS England PO Box 16738 REDDITCH B97 9PT

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