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NHS: Sexual Offences

Question for Department of Health and Social Care

UIN 119838, tabled on 7 February 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, pursuant to the Answer of 9 November to Question 69197, if he will list those NHS organisations whose annual reports include a breakdown of complaints that specifically includes a distinct category for recording the number of allegations of sexual abuse.

Answered on

17 February 2022

The Department does not hold the data requested. The Local Authority Social Services and National Health Service Complaints (England) Regulations 2009 govern the way National Health Service (NHS) organisations handle and report complaints. While there is no specific requirement in legislation to categorise complaints by allegations of sexual abuse, NHS organisations are required to record the subject matter of complaints. NHS organisations must ensure that their complaints annual reports are available to any person on request.