The UK’s national Ombudsman calls on Government to learn from Covid-19 mistakes
1 July 2020
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) is calling on the UK Government to give clarity about its plans for a robust and independent lessons-learned exercise into the handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. The Ombudsman says that while it was...
First annual casework report shows variety of complaints we see – but too few people are reaching us, says Ombudsman
5 March 2020
Today the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman publishes its first annual Ombudsman’s Casework Report. The Report shows the wide range of cases the organisation concluded in 2019. As well as serious complaints about the NHS in England, the report includes...
1 in 5 mental health patients don’t feel safe in NHS care, Ombudsman finds
19 February 2020
A new survey published today by the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman found that one in five people did not feel safe while in the care of the NHS mental health service that treated them. Over half of people with...
Carolyn Hirst, Anu Singh and Linda Farrant join the Board as non-executive directors
17 February 2020
We are delighted to welcome Carolyn Hirst, Anu Singh and Linda Farrant to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman's Board as non-executive directors. Carolyn Hirst Carolyn has many years of experience as a mediator and currently mediates for the Scottish...
Failure to operate on twisted bowel led to man’s death, Ombudsman finds
23 January 2020
A man’s death could have been avoided if the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust had operated on his twisted bowel, the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) has found. Mr A, an otherwise healthy 71-year-old man, died when his...