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Writing a complaint response

Now that you've listened to the podcast, 'Writing a complaint response', test your knowledge of the subject by answering the following true-or-false questions.

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Mark each of the following true or false:

1. Complaints should be acknowledged within five working days in England. *This question is required.
2. Including an apology in a complaint response is not an admission of liability. *This question is required.
3. An apology along the lines of, ‘I am sorry that you feel our care was poor,’ is a good way of including an apology in your response without suggesting that anything went wrong. *This question is required.
4. Copying and pasting the consultation notes into the response letter is helpful to allow the patient to see a record of their care. *This question is required.
5. You should answer each point of the complaint. *This question is required.
6. A complaint response should only contain comments about reflection if it is felt that something has actually gone wrong. *This question is required.
7. The complaint response should always confirm that complaints about doctors will be discussed in their next annual appraisal. *This question is required.
8. Most complaints should be discussed at a significant event audit (SEA) meeting. *This question is required.
9. When something has gone wrong, it is sufficient to say that the investigation has confirmed this. *This question is required.
10. An offer of a complaint resolution meeting should always be included. *This question is required.
11. Complaint resolution meetings should have someone present (such as the practice manager) to take minutes. *This question is required.
12. You are not obliged to include the right of referral to the PHSO in a complaint response. *This question is required.
13. The final response should be signed off by the Responsible Person for complaints, or someone authorised to act on their behalf, within the organisation. *This question is required.
14. Where complaints are made about several staff members, in order to simplify the response only one person should be involved in investigating and writing the response. *This question is required.
15. Complaint correspondence should be stored in the patient’s medical records. *This question is required.
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