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Data on written complaints in the NHS 2018-19 Quarter 3

National statistics

National Statistics


This quarterly collection is a count of written complaints made by (or on behalf of) patients. Data are collected via the KO41a and are for complaints about NHS Hospital and Community Health Services (HCHS) in England. The data relates to the complaints arrangements introduced in April 2009.

The NHS complaints procedure is the statutorily based mechanism for dealing with complaints about NHS care and treatment and all NHS organisations in England are required to operate the procedure.

As well as quarterly reports NHS Digital also produce an annual report, a link to the 2017-18 annual NHS written complaints publication is provided below which also includes complaints about GP and Dental services.

We welcome feedback on the methodology and tables within this publication. Please email us with your comments and suggestions, clearly stating 'NHS Written Complaints' as the subject heading, via [email protected] or 0300 303 5678

Key Facts

• There were 28,019 new HCHS written complaints in the third quarter of 2018-19.

• Over the period 27,607 complaints were resolved, of these 9,209 (33.4 per cent) were upheld, 8,521 (30.9 per cent) were partially upheld and 9,877 (35.8 per cent) were not upheld.

Last edited: 11 October 2019 7:40 am