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Doctor Complaints Rise By 23% In A Year [UK]
Sky News ^ | 18 Sept 2012 | unattributed

Posted on 09/18/2012 9:28:34 PM PDT by smokingfrog

Complaints about doctors have soared by 23% in just 12 months to hit a record high, according to new figures.

The General Medical Council (GMC), which regulates doctors, recorded 8,781 complaints last year compared to 7,153 in 2010.

Allegations about doctors' communicating skills rose by 69% over the year and complaints about lack of respect rose by 45%.

One in every 64 doctors is now likely to be investigated by the regulator.

The highest number of accusations were made about men and older doctors, according to the GMC report.

Psychiatrists, GPs and surgeons attracted the highest level of complaints.

Almost three quarters of all complaints made were about male doctors and 47% were made about GPs.

Grievances were mostly about treatment plans and investigation skills, but there was also a large number of objections about effective communication and respect for patients.

The GMC said complaints about doctors were increasing around the globe, not just in the UK.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the GMC, said the rise in complaints does not mean necessarily that medical standards are falling.

The explanation could lie in other areas, such as the fact that patients are more confident about complaining than in the past and have less tolerance for failings.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.sky.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: healthcare

1 posted on 09/18/2012 9:28:36 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

In other news, complaints of disinterested and surly treatment were also up at the DMV...


2 posted on 09/18/2012 9:34:08 PM PDT by doc11355
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To: smokingfrog

With Obamacare, AKA socialized medicine, which no one in our illustrius media had checked out, which they could have easily done by interviewing Brits, Canadians and/or Germans, and would have found much anti socialized medicine reviews, and that from countries WITHOUT the 36% obesity rate which we enjoy, we will have a plethora of funding of abortion in its many and varied forms and instances, which, when used properly, will rid of of all these silly complaints.

No people = no medical problems.


3 posted on 09/18/2012 9:40:08 PM PDT by stanne
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To: smokingfrog

The UK, and it states it’s spilling over into other countries. Riiight.

Having the displeasure of working from within the broken mess we call US healthcare right here in Atlanta...the worst is yet to come. JUST WAIT!!!!!!

Our system is already crushed under the weight of baby-boomers and ill-trained foreign Drs and nurses and entitled types that have no other pressing needs other than waiting around an ER with 12 kids for 12 hours.


4 posted on 09/18/2012 11:52:47 PM PDT by tpanther (Science was, is and will forever be a small subset of God's creation.)
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