Social media 'doubled complaints' against doctors

A report has suggested the rise in the use of social media has contributed to a doubling of complaints against doctors in five years. Negative press coverage and a decline in "deference" towards them from patients has also led to the soaring number of complaints, which rose from 5,168 in 2007 to 10,347 in 2012, the BBC said.

Study: Social media 'doubled complaints' against doctors Credit: PA

The General Medical Council, which regulates all doctors in the UK, commissioned researchers from Plymouth University to investigate the rise, and the GMC said there was no evidence of falling standards across the profession.