The annual number of complaints against hospital and community health services in England rose slightly in 1999-2000 by 0.6 per cent to a total of 86,536.Of these, 60 per cent were resolved locally within the performance target of four weeks.The number of written complaints against GPs and dentists rose 2 per cent to 39,725, the third annual increase since the implementation of the complaints procedure in April 1996.