– Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council (GMC)
We are investing more in this area and we are rolling out a package of measures both to protect patients and provide greater support for doctors during the course of their careers.
While we do need to develop a better understanding of why complaints to us are rising, we do not believe it reflects falling standards of medical practice.
Every day there are millions of interactions between doctors and patients and all the evidence suggests that public trust and confidence in the UK's doctors remains extremely high.
Complaints about doctors have reached a record high, the General Medical Council (GMC) said. Since 2009, the number of complaints has soared and in the last year alone there has been a 23% increase in the number of grievances lodged against doctors.