Complaints about the Hunter's public hospitals have hit an all time high.
Hunter New New England Health received 161 formal complaints last financial year, according to the latest report by the State's health watchdog the HCCC.
That's a 31 per cent increase compared to the previous 12 months.
Hunter New England Health also recorded more complaints than any other local health district in NSW.
However the report also found it had the most patients, recording nearly 400,000 emergency department attendances in 2015/16.