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NHS: Sexual Offences

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 69197, tabled on 3 November 2021

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, what obligations NHS organisations and organisations delivering NHS services currently have to document and report on complaints of sexual misconduct and assault reported by patients and staff; and what opportunities exist for Parliamentary scrutiny of that data.

Answered on

9 November 2021

This answer is a correction from the original answer.

Under the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009, all National Health Service organisations must prepare an annual report covering the number of complaints the organisation received, the subject matter of those complaints and details of what action has been or is to be taken to improve services as a consequence of those complaints. NHS organisations must make this annual report available to anyone who requests it, including Parliament.

Original answer

Under the Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009, all National Health Service organisations must prepare an annual report covering the number of complaints the organisation received, the subject matter of those complaints and details of what action has been or is to be taken to improve services as a consequence of those complaints. NHS organisations must lay their annual report in Parliament.