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Pharmacy gave rise to 18% of complaints made against NHS Family Services providers in Scotland. 

 Annual statistics published by Information Services Division of NHS Scotland indicate that in 2016-17, that medical services (general practice) generated the most complaints, accounting for 65% of complaints made, pharmaceutical services for 18% and dental and ophthalmic services each accounting for 8%.

Overall, NHS Scotland complaints increased by 10% to 23,507 in 2016-17, with family health services complaints increasing by 14% to 7,660 in 2016-17.

There were 1,414 complaints about pharmacy services in 2016-17, the highest level since the data was first collected in 2012-13, when the number of complaints was 1,022. The increase of 20% between 2015-16 (1,177 complaints) and 2016-17 was the highest increase of a service. Medical service complaints were up 14% and ophthalmic complaints were up 14%, while complaints about dental services saw a 1% decrease.

The annual statistics are compiled from returns from health service providers. “The overall family health services contractor return rate for 2016-17 was 80%. For medical, dental, pharmaceutical and ophthalmic this equates to 92%, 79%, 69% and 66% respectively,” says the report.

Links:
ISD Scotland publications            
ISD NHSScotland Complaints Statistics 2016/17 Summary             
ISD NHSScotland Complaints Statistics 2016/17 Full report         

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