A body supervising those exercising medicine in UK unveiled yesterday that there has been an increase in the number of complaints lodged against doctors by their patients. The registered complaints have hit a record high.
The General Medical Council asserted that there has been a rise in the number of complaints they have administered, since the year 2007. This time they have encountered a 23% increase, with complaints up from 7,153 in 2010 to 8,781 in 2011. Following which previous year, 65 doctors were fired and 93 others suspended.
Further, it has been highlighted that there has been a breach of conduct, as doctors' have been informed to be dealing with the patients in a rude manner and the patients have also complained of lack of respect.
GMC highlighted that they come across a few o the cases, for which they have to conduct an inquiry. However, in majority of the cases concerns have not been raised against the doctor's fitness to practice.
The GMC said, "The number of doctors falling seriously below standard remains relatively small, with it taking action in more than 500 cases and giving evidence in a further 700". However, GMC affirmed that a rise in the number of complaints had no link with the medical standards; they are not falling.
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