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.
A General Medical Council report released today suggests the number of complaints against doctors rose 23% last year.
Complaints about doctors have hit a record high with patients more prepared to raise concerns about their treatment, a report has found.