Closure Codes

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Dear Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman,

In a recent response (FDN-191609) you stated:

"‘No probability of a worthwhile outcome’ is not a closure code we use anymore."

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1. Please provide full details of the "old" and the "new" closure codes.

2. For each of the past 3 years please specify the number of cases closed using each of the available closure codes.

Yours faithfully,

J Roberts

foiofficer, Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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Dear J. Roberts

 

Your information request (FDN-194015)

 

I am writing further to your email of 16 June 2014, in which you asked
about the closure codes that are used when a complaint has been resolved
on our case management system, VisualFiles.

 

First of all, please find attached a list of closure codes and those
amendments made to the codes of which we hold a record.  I should explain
that we do not hold precise records of when changes to codes were made to
VisualFiles.  What we do hold are details of when those codes were listed
in Casework Policy and Guidance and amendments that were made to that
guidance subsequently.  The changes to Casework Policy and Guidance and
VisualFiles will have been close together but, for example, if a code was
taken out of the guidance on 30 March, the VisualFiles change may actually
have occurred on 1 April.

 

Secondly, please find attached a spreadsheet which details the closure
codes that have been used for the last three years.  You will see that
there was one case which was closed in 2012/13 as ‘no probability of
worthwhile outcome’, after this closure code had stopped being used.  This
was a complicated complaint, on which we made a decision in March 2011 -
this explains why that closure code was used.  However, because the
caseworker needed to meet with the complainant to explain that decision,
there was a slight delay in closing the case on our casework management
system.

 

I hope that this information is helpful.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Aimee Gasston

Freedom of Information / Data Protection Officer

Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman

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J Roberts left an annotation ()

The great increase in the number of 'Withdrawn - the complainant failed to respond' is noteworthy. The figure in 2013/14 was almost double the previous year - 1,698.

I have put in a request for the 2014/15 closure codes and figures:

https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/c...

Fiona Watts left an annotation ()

Stunning FOI.
A real eye opener!

To quote another song " I can see clearly now the "PR" is gone ..."