The Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, Regulation 16: Receiving and Acting on Complaints, requires care providers to have an effective system to identify, receive, handle and respond appropriately to complaints and comments made by service users, or persons acting on their behalf, and others involved with the service.
Regulation 16 is one of the fundamental standards with which providers must comply to meet their registration requirements. It states the following.
Any complaint received must be investigated and necessary and proportionate action must be taken in response to any failure identified by the complaint or investigation.
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