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Reports of investigationsE+W

23Reports of investigationsE+W

(1)The Ombudsman must, after conducting an investigation—

(a)prepare a report on the Ombudsman's findings, and

(b)send a copy of the report to the persons listed in subsection (2),

but this is subject to section 27.

(2)The persons referred to in subsection (1)(b) are—

(a)if the investigation relates to a complaint, the person who made the complaint;

(b)the listed authority to which the report relates;

(c)any other person who is alleged in the complaint (if any) to have taken or authorised the action complained of or is identified in the report by the Ombudsman in a negative way;

(d)if the listed authority is a family health service provider in Wales—

(i)any Local Health Board with whom the authority had, at the time of the action which is the subject of the investigation, entered into a contract to provide the family health services which are under investigation;

(ii)any person to whom the authority had, at that time, undertaken to provide those services;

(iii)any person with whom the authority had, at that time, made arrangements for the provision of those services;

(e)if the listed authority is an independent provider in Wales—

(i)any Welsh health service body with whom the authority had, at the time of the action which is the subject of the investigation, made arrangements for the provision of the services under investigation;

(ii)any family health service provider in Wales with whom the authority had, at that time, made arrangements for the provision of those services;

(f)the First Minister for Wales (unless the listed authority is itself the Welsh Government or is a local authority in Wales).

(3)The Ombudsman may send a copy of the report to any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate.

(4)The Ombudsman may publish a report prepared under this section if, after taking account of the interests of the person aggrieved (if any) and any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate, the Ombudsman considers it to be in the public interest to do so.

(5)The Ombudsman may supply a copy of a report published under subsection (4), or any part of such a report, to any person who requests it.

(6)The Ombudsman may charge a reasonable fee for supplying a copy of a report, or part of a report, under subsection (5).

(7)If a report prepared under this section—

(a)mentions the name of any person other than the listed authority in respect of which the report was made, or

(b)includes any particulars which, in the opinion of the Ombudsman, are likely to identify any such person and which, in the Ombudsman's opinion, can be omitted without impairing the effectiveness of the report,

that information must not be included in a version of the report sent to a person under subsection (1)(b) or (3) or published under subsection (4), subject to subsection (8).

(8)Subsection (7) does not apply in relation to a version of the report if, after taking account of the interests of the person aggrieved (if any) and any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate, the Ombudsman considers it to be in the public interest to include that information in that version of the report.

Commencement Information

I1S. 23 in force at 23.7.2019 by S.I. 2019/1096, reg. 2

24Publicising reportsE+W

(1)If a listed authority receives a copy of a report under section 23(1)(b), the authority must make copies of that version of the report available for a period of at least three weeks—

(a)at one or more of the authority's offices, and

(b)if the authority has a website, on the website.

(2)Throughout that period of three weeks, any person may—

(a)inspect the copy of the report at the office or offices concerned at any reasonable time without payment;

(b)make a copy of the report or any part of it at any reasonable time without payment;

(c)require the listed authority to supply the person with a copy of the report or any part of it, on payment of a reasonable sum if requested;

(d)view the copy of the report on the website (if any) without payment.

(3)Not later than two weeks after the copy of the report is received, the listed authority must ensure that a notice is published in a newspaper circulating in the part of Wales in which the matter which is the subject of the report arose.

(4)The notice must specify—

(a)the date on which the period of three weeks referred to in subsection (1) will begin,

(b)the office or offices at which a copy of the report can be inspected, and

(c)the address of the authority's website (if any).

(5)The Ombudsman may give directions to listed authorities with regard to the discharge of their functions under this section.

(6)Directions under subsection (5) may relate—

(a)to a particular listed authority in respect of a particular report, or

(b)generally to the discharge of functions under this section by all or any listed authorities.

(7)A person commits an offence if—

(a)the person wilfully obstructs a person in the exercise of a right conferred by subsection (2)(a), (b) or (d), or

(b)the person refuses to comply with a requirement under subsection (2)(c).

(8)A person guilty of an offence under subsection (7) is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 3 on the standard scale.

(9)The Ombudsman may direct that subsections (1) to (4) are not to apply in relation to a particular report.

(10)In deciding whether to give a direction under subsection (9), the Ombudsman must take into account—

(a)the public interest,

(b)the interests of the person aggrieved (if any), and

(c)the interests of any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate.

Commencement Information

I2S. 24 in force at 23.7.2019 by S.I. 2019/1096, reg. 2

25Publicising reports: health care providersE+W

(1)If an investigation is conducted in respect of a listed authority which is a family health service provider in Wales, section 24 has effect with the modifications specified in subsections (2) to (4).

(2)For subsection (1) substitute—

(1)A person who has received a copy of a report under section 23 by virtue of section 23(2)(d) must make copies of the report available for a period of at least three weeks—

(a)at one or more of the person's offices, and

(b)if the person has a website, on the website.

(3)The references to the listed authority are to be taken to be references to that person.

(4)The references to listed authorities, or to a particular listed authority, are to be taken to be references to persons, or a particular person, of the same description as that person.

(5)If an investigation is conducted in respect of a listed authority which is an independent provider in Wales, section 24 has effect with the modifications specified in subsections (6) to (8).

(6)For subsection (1) substitute—

(1)A person who has received a copy of a report under section 23 by virtue of section 23(2)(e) must make copies of the report available for a period of at least three weeks—

(a)at one or more of the person's offices, and

(b)if the person has a website, on the website.

(7)The references to the listed authority are to be taken to be references to that person.

(8)The references to listed authorities, or to a particular listed authority, are to be taken to be references to persons, or a particular person, of the same description as that person.

Commencement Information

I3S. 25 in force at 23.7.2019 by S.I. 2019/1096, reg. 2

26Action following receipt of a reportE+W

(1)This section applies if, in a report under section 23 of an investigation in respect of a listed authority, the Ombudsman concludes that any person has sustained, or is likely to sustain, injustice or hardship in consequence of the matter investigated.

(2)The listed authority must consider the report and notify the Ombudsman before the end of the permitted period of—

(a)the action it has taken or proposes to take in response to it, and

(b)the period before the end of which it proposes to have taken that action (if it has not already done so).

(3)The permitted period is—

(a)the period of one month beginning on the date on which the authority receives the report, or

(b)any longer period specified by the Ombudsman in writing.

Commencement Information

I4S. 26 in force at 23.7.2019 by S.I. 2019/1096, reg. 2

27Reports: alternative procedureE+W

(1)This section applies if, after the Ombudsman has conducted an investigation—

(a)the Ombudsman concludes that no person has sustained, or is likely to sustain, injustice or hardship in consequence of the matter investigated, and

(b)the Ombudsman is satisfied that the public interest does not require sections 23 to 26 to apply.

(2)This section also applies if, after the Ombudsman has conducted an investigation—

(a)the Ombudsman concludes that any person has sustained, or is likely to sustain, injustice or hardship in consequence of the matter investigated,

(b)the listed authority to which the investigation relates agrees to implement, before the end of the permitted period, any recommendations the Ombudsman makes, and

(c)the Ombudsman is satisfied that the public interest does not require sections 23 to 26 to apply.

(3)The permitted period is—

(a)a period agreed between the Ombudsman and the listed authority and, if the investigation relates to a complaint, the person who made the complaint, or

(b)if the Ombudsman thinks that no such agreement can be reached, the period specified by the Ombudsman in writing.

(4)The Ombudsman may decide to prepare a report on the Ombudsman's findings under this section instead of under section 23.

(5)If the Ombudsman decides to prepare a report under this section—

(a)sections 23 to 26 do not apply;

(b)the Ombudsman must send a copy of the report to—

(i)if the investigation relates to a complaint, the person who made the complaint;

(ii)the listed authority in respect of which the report was made;

(c)the Ombudsman may send a copy of the report to any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate.

(6)The Ombudsman may publish a report prepared under this section if, after taking account of the interests of the person aggrieved (if any) and any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate, the Ombudsman considers it to be in the public interest to do so.

(7)The Ombudsman may supply a copy of a report published under subsection (6), or any part of such a report, to any person who requests it.

(8)The Ombudsman may charge a reasonable fee for supplying a copy of a report, or part of a report, under subsection (7).

(9)If a report prepared under this section—

(a)mentions the name of any person other than the listed authority in respect of which the report was made, or

(b)includes any particulars which, in the opinion of the Ombudsman, are likely to identify any such person and which, in the Ombudsman's opinion, can be omitted without impairing the effectiveness of the report,

that information must not be included in a version of the report sent to a person under subsection (5) or published under subsection (6), subject to subsection (10).

(10)Subsection (9) does not apply in relation to a version of the report if, after taking account of the interests of the person aggrieved (if any) and any other persons the Ombudsman thinks appropriate, the Ombudsman considers it to be in the public interest to include that information in that version of the report.

Commencement Information

I5S. 27 in force at 23.7.2019 by S.I. 2019/1096, reg. 2

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