Labour spokesman: NHS 'heading in wrong direction'

Labour's Shadow Health Minister has claimed patients are being hit by the Government's "mismanagement of the NHS" after a General Medical Council report concluded complaints against doctors rose 23 percent in the last year.

The Government cannot brush this aside - patients are clearly being hit by their mismanagement of the NHS.

Ministers lost a grip on NHS finances and we are seeing increasingly crude cost cutting measures.

GPs are now being offered financial incentives to cut the number of referrals and patients face a growing list of banned or rationed treatments.

It's no surprise that people are angry.

Yesterday's British Social Attitudes survey reported a nosedive in public satisfaction with the NHS - falling for the first time in a decade.

Today's figures will only add to concerns about a health service heading in the wrong direction under this out of touch Government.

– Shadow Health Minister Jamie Reed

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Complaints against doctors rise

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.