Independent study calls for Ombudsman to have greater powers
12 November 2018
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman could provide justice for more people if it had the power to launch investigations without the need for a formal complaint, according to an independent review published today. The review led by the Ombudsman...
Response to the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care 2018 report
11 October 2018
Rob Behrens, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman responds to today's publication of the Care Quality Commission’s State of Care report: 'Those who work in health and social care do a tremendous job despite difficult challenges. However, the concerns raised today...
Sir Liam Donaldson appointed Independent Adviser to Ombudsman's clinical advice review
14 September 2018
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman announced today that former Chief Medical Officer, Sir Liam Donaldson has been appointed as Independent Adviser to a major review of the Ombudsman’s clinical advice process. The Ombudsman has also announced today the launch...
Death of young woman from sepsis was avoidable, Ombudsman finds
13 September 2018
A 26-year-old woman’s death from sepsis was avoidable, an investigation by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman has found. Staff at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust did not diagnose and treat the life-threatening condition quickly enough, and she...
Response to NHS Digital’s publication of statistics on NHS written complaints 2017-18
6 September 2018
We have issued the following statement to national, trade and regional press following NHS Digital’s annual publication of statistics on NHS written complaints today. Overall complaints rose slightly compared to last year (208,626, up 0.1 per cent on last year)....