Making a Complaint
Most problems can be sorted out quickly and easily, often at the time they arise with the person concerned and this may be the approach you try first.
Please note that due to the Coronavirus we are not able offer the wide range of services that we previously did. The way we deal with your requests may also have changed or may take longer now.
Where you are not able to resolve your complaint in this way and wish to make a formal complaint you should do so, preferably in writing as soon as possible after the event and ideally within a few days, as this helps us to establish what happened more easily.
In any event, this should be:
Within 12 months of the incident,
or within 12 months of you discovering that you giving as much detail as you can.
If you are a registered patient you can complain about your own care. You are unable to complain about someone else’s treatment without their written authority. See the separate section in this leaflet.
We are able to provide you with a separate complaints form to register your complaint and this includes a third-party authority form to enable a complaint to be made by someone else. Please ask at reception for this. You can provide this in your own format providing this covers all the necessary aspects.
Send your written complaint to:
Ritchie Street Group Practice,
34 Ritchie Street,
London, N1 0DG
Tel: 020 7837 1663
What we do next
We look to settle complaints as soon as possible.
We will acknowledge receipt within 3 working days of receiving the complaint, and aim to have looked into the matter within 20 working days. You may then receive a formal reply in writing, or you may be invited to meet with the person(s) concerned to attempt to resolve the issue. If the matter is likely to take longer than this we will let you know, and keep you informed as the investigation progresses.
When looking into a complaint we attempt to see what happened and why, to see if there is something we can learn from this, and make it possible for you to discuss the issue with those involved if you would like to do so.
When the investigations are complete your complaint will be determined and a final response sent to you.
Where your complaint involves more than one organisation (e.g. social services) we will liaise with that organisation so that you receive one coordinated reply. We may need your consent to do this.
Where your complaint has been sent initially to an incorrect organisation, we may seek your consent to forward this to the correct person to deal with.
The final response letter will include details of the result of your complaint and also your right to escalate the matter further if you remain dissatisfied with the response.
Complaining on Behalf of Someone else
We keep to the strict rules of medical and personal confidentiality. If you wish to make a complaint and are not the patient involved, we will require the written consent of the patient to confirm that they are unhappy with their treatment and that we can deal with someone else about it.
Please ask at reception for the Complaints Form which contains a section for this purpose.
Where the patient is incapable of providing consent due to illness or accident it may still be possible to deal with the complaint. Please provide the precise details of the circumstances which prevent this in your covering letter.
Under some circumstances, we will require a solicitor’s letter stating that you have been granted the power of attorney to deal with the health matters of the patient.
Please note that we are unable to discuss any issue relating to someone else without their express permission, which must be in writing, unless the circumstances above apply.
We may still need to correspond direct with the patient, or may be able to deal direct with the third party, and this depends on the wording of the authority provided.
Data Protection is taken very seriously at Ritchie Street Group Practice. Below are the key documents that provide you with policies and protocols that we have in place to meet Data Protection Legislation including the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).
We are registered with the Information Commissioning Office (ICO) Z697208X
Dr Sunil Limaye is the practice Caldicott Guardian
Mr Ash Ganger is the practice Data Protection Officer
Mr Steve Durbin is the external Data Protection Officer for the practice.
Some useful information and downloads:
GP Published Earnings
GP Net Earnings
All GP Practices are required to declare mean earnings (i.e. average pay) for GPs working to deliver NHS services to patients at each practice
The average pay for GPs working in the practice at The Ritchie Street Group Practice in the last financial year was £64,813 before tax and national insurance.
This is for 4 full time GPs and 5 part time GPs who worked in the practice for more than 6 months.
Modern Slavery Statement
At Ritchie Street Group Practice, in collaboration with Islington GP Federation, we steadfastly uphold the highest standards of ethical practice and integrity across all our operations. This commitment extends to preventing modern slavery and human trafficking in both our direct activities and broader supply chains. Our Modern Slavery Statement details our continuous efforts, underscoring our promise to conduct business ethically and with integrity in all relationships.
Named Accountable GP
The practice is required by the Government under the terms of the latest GP contract to allocate all patients (including children) a named accountable GP who will have overall responsibility for their care and support. Having a named GP does not prevent you from seeing any other doctor at the Practice. Patients will be informed of their named accountable GP at the first appropriate interaction with the Practice.
If you wish to be told the name of your Accountable GP, please ask the receptionists when you are next in the practice. Please note: there is no need to telephone the practice for this information. Where a patient expresses a preference as to which GP they have been assigned, the practice will make reasonable efforts to accommodate this request.
Please also note, you may be seen by different doctors, due to availability of appointments, specialities and preferences.
We also have Practice Nurses and Practice Based Pharmacies that you can also access for your healthcare needs.
At Ritchie Street Group Practice patients should expect a courteous service from all our members of staff and likewise we expect our patients to behave in a similar manner.
Abusive patients may be asked to leave the practice list. Violent patients will be reported to the police and will be removed from the practice list.
We are asking patients not to come to the practice unless they have been invited verbally by a staff member.
Patients that refuse to leave the premises when asked to do so, will be immediately reported to the police and de-registered from the practice and banned for a minimum of 12 months from re-registering.