General Medical Council Chief Executive Niall Dickson told ITV News:
Today there will be something like a million interactions between general practice and patients - so you are talking about a very small number relative to the huge number of interactions that there are every day.
It doesn't mean that we should ignore this number of complaints.
We need to learn from it and learn, for example, what areas or what stages of a doctor's career they may be more vulnerable to complaints and where additional support can be given in order for doctors to provide better care.
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.