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ombudsman

[om′bədzmən]
Etymology: ONorse, umbothsmathr, commission man
a person who investigates and mediates patients' problems and complaints in relation to a hospital's services. Also called patient representative.

ombudsman

As typically used in the UK, a neutral representative of local government who assesses complaints about councils, authorities, organisations, education admissions appeal panels, healthcare professionals (e.g., GPs) and adult social care providers (e.g., care homes and home care providers).

om·buds·man

(ombŭdz-măn)
In health care, a person who acts for the patient as an advocate or go-between.

ombudsman

a public official appointed to look into complaints by members of the public about mistreatment by officers of government instrumentalities.
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As Papirno observes, there remains strong sentiment that the readers' chief "representative" should be the newspaper's top editor, not the ombud.
A Contingent Model for Ombuds Mediation in University Dispute Resolution Processes
Ombuds are able to provide unqualified confidentiality because they are not part of any formal management structure.
We do have some direct authority, and this differs from the classic ombuds model.
On the downside, it is often difficult to identify an individual from the higher echelons who is both capable of and willing to assume the ombuds mantle.
Being the only Ombuds man, I try to be available to all persons whenever possible, but there is always an investigator available to see complainants.
Ombuds man Ann Abraham ruled Eddie was the victim of a "very serious and prolonged injustice".
In El Salvador, Rosada's view is seconded by Human Rights ombuds Beatrice Alamanni de Carrillo, who has said, "There will not be an exhaustive investigation, either in El Salvador or in Guatemala, to reach the truth.
Yet the movement claimed that it was not gender neutral, and in the university schemes altered it indiscriminately to ombudsperson (plural, "ombudspeople"), ombud, ombuds (plural, "ombudses'), or even ombudsbuddy or ombuddy.
National Public Radio has hired an ombuds "to receive, independently investigate and respond to queries from the public regarding editorial standards in its programming.
Other forms of ADR include fact-finding, ombuds, mini-trials, private judging, partnering and elections.
Vicki's leadership was fundamental to the formation of key company functions and initiatives, including our debt and cash management platforms, our pension and 401(k) plan investment programs, our first enterprise-wide Risk Management function, our Global Diversity Council and the Ombuds Office," said John F.