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HSE made one doctor complaint

Sam Griffin

Published 01/08/2014 | 02:30

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HEALTH bosses submitted only one of the 400 complaints received by the Medical Council against doctors last year.

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Eight out of every 10 complaints received by the medical profession's regulatory body were made by the public in 2013, but the total number of complaints is down on previous years.

The details, released as part of the Medical Council's annual report for 2013, show most patients were unhappy with how their doctor communicated with them as well as how they were diagnosed.

A total of 423 complaints were received in 2012 and 380 in 2011.

CEO Caroline Spillane said it had been noted that just one complaint had come from the Health Service Executive (HSE).

Complaints to the Medical Council can refer to more than one doctor and a total of 503 doctors were complained against in 2013, less than 3pc of the 18,160 doctors now practising in Ireland.

Irish Independent

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