We must keep a careful eye on these complaints. A rise may partly be a result of patients rightly being more assertive in voicing dissatisfaction about their care, or it may be something more substantial.
Employers and individual doctors need to analyse this data and look carefully at the cases where doctors have not met the standards patients expect, and what action they need to take when they fall short.
Every patient should be given the necessary time to discuss healthcare concerns which can often be complex and upsetting.
Worryingly, these figures suggest that this is not always the case."
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.