Welcome to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

We make final decisions on complaints that have not been resolved by the NHS in England and UK government departments and other public organisations. We do this fairly and without taking sides. Our service is free. 

Coronavirus (COVID-19) update

We paused our work on NHS complaints on 26 March 2020 to help the NHS focus on tackling the coronavirus pandemic. After careful consideration, we decided to restart this work on 1 July. We are now accepting new NHS complaints and progressing existing ones. 

We will continue to progress complaints about UK Government departments, but we recognise that many of their resources are also stretched and will keep this under review.

On 15 June 2020 our Manchester office reopened to a small team who are working through the post we received while the office was closed.

Most of our staff are working remotely and our helpline is open as normal.

For more information read our latest Coronavirus update.

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