This report looks at how complaints about care in NHS hospitals made by patients, their carers and representatives are listened to and acted on by hospitals.
The recommendations cover:
- improving the quality of care
- improving the way complaints are handled
- ensuring independence in the complaints procedures
The review received 2,500 responses, the majority describing problems with the quality of treatment or care in NHS hospitals. The review panel also heard from people who had not complained because they felt the process was too confusing or they feared for their future care.
The report was commissioned by the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Health, Jeremy Hunt, after the Francis report into Mid Staffordshire highlighted that complaints are a warning sign of problems in a hospital.
The review was co-chaired by the Rt. Hon Ann Clwyd MP for the Cynon Valley and Professor Tricia Hart, Chief Executive, South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.