Male Doctors Twice As Likely To Have Complaint Made Against Them To Medical Council

Author:Mr Niall Rooney

The Medical Council recently published a review of complaints received between 2008 and 2012.  Over 2000 complaints were received during this time.  The key findings from the Medical Council's review are:

During this period, there was a 46% increase in the number of complaints received and a doctor's chance of being complained rose to approximately one in 37.  The review also showed that doctors subject to one complaint were more likely to face further complaints.  86% of complaints were made by members of the public and only 3% came from the HSE or other healthcare organisations.  Male doctors are twice as likely to have a complaint made against them as female doctors. Approximately one in ten complaints resulted in a Fitness-to-Practise Inquiry, 68% of which resulted in findings being made against the doctor and sanctions being imposed.  Sanctions affecting the doctor's registration were more common for internationally-qualified doctors than for doctors who qualified in Ireland. While questions of medical knowledge and skill featured prominently in complaints, the...

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