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National Health Service (Scotland) Act 1978

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94Provisions relating to complaints

(1)A complaint under this Part may be made by any individual or by any body of persons, whether incorporated or not, not being—

(a)a local authority or other authority or body constituted for purposes of the public service or of local government or for the purposes of carrying on under national ownership any industry or undertaking or part of an industry or undertaking ;

(b)any other authority or body whose members are appointed by Her Majesty or any Minister of the Crown or government department, or whose revenues consist wholly or mainly of moneys provided by Parliament.

(2)Where the person by whom a complaint might have been made under the foregoing provisions of this Part has died or is for any reason unable to act for himself, the complaint may be made by his personal representative or by a member of his family or by some body or individual suitable to represent him; but except as aforesaid a complaint shall not be entertained under this Part unless made by the person aggrieved himself.

(3)A complaint shall not be entertained under this Part unless it is made in writing to the Commissioner by or on behalf of the person aggrieved not later than 12 months from the day on which the matters alleged in the complaint first came to the notice of the person aggrieved; but the Commissioner may conduct an investigation pursuant to a complaint not made within that period if he considers it proper to do so.

(4)Before proceeding to investigate a complaint the Commissioner shall satisfy himself that the complaint has been brought by or on behalf of the person aggrieved to the notice of the body subject to investigation and that that body has been afforded a reasonable opportunity to investigate and reply to the complaint; but the Commissioner may disregard the preceding provisions of this subsection in relation to a complaint made by an officer of the body subject to investigation on behalf of the person aggrieved if the officer is authorised by virtue of subsection (2) to make the complaint and the Commissioner is satisfied that in the particular circumstances those provisions ought to be disregarded.

(5)Notwithstanding the foregoing provisions of this section, a body subject to investigation may itself refer to the Commissioner a complaint made against it by or on behalf of a person aggrieved, and the provisions of subsection (3) regarding time limits shall apply to such a reference as it applies to a complaint.

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