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National Statistics
Publication, Part of

Data on Written Complaints in the NHS - 2007-08

National statistics
Publication Date:
Geographic Coverage:
Geographical Granularity:
Ambulance Trusts, Care Trusts, Clinical Commissioning Groups, Hospital and Community Health Services, Hospital Trusts, Hospital Sites, Independent Sector Health Care Providers, Mental Health Trusts, NHS Trusts, GP practices, Regions, Dental practices
Date Range:
01 Apr 1997 to 31 Mar 2008


The NHS complaints procedure is the national statutorily based mechanism for dealing with patients' complaints and all NHS organisations are required to operate the procedure. This survey is a count of all written complaints made by (or on behalf of) patients received between 1 April 2007 and 31 March 2008.


Hospital and Community Health Services

  • the number of written complaints about hospital and community health services has fallen by 4 per cent from 90,801 in 2006-07 to 87,080 in 2007-08
  • in 2007-08, 75 per cent of complaints were concluded within the target time limit of 25 days. This achievement has been fairly constant since 2004-05 even though the target time for concluding complaints was extended from 20 to 25 days in September 2006
  • the number of complaints 'still being pursued' accounted for just under 4 per cent of all complaints. Although a small amount of the total complaints, this doubled this year to 3,344

General Practice (including dental) Health Services

  • there has been an increase (3 per cent) in the number of written complaints about general practice (including dental) health services from 42,592 in 2006-07 to 43,942 in 2007-08


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