Medics faced drink, drug allegations
Allegations of drink and drug abuse as well as irresponsible prescribing were among the complaints made against doctors last year, new figures revealed yesterday, writes Eilish O'Regan.
This category accounted for eight complaints levelled against doctors and was the subject of six sworn inquiries held into doctors' conduct.
The figures from the Medical Council, the profession's regulatory body, showed 295 complaints were made against doctors last year mostly for poor professional standards (122) and treatment (81).
There were 25 allegations of failure to communicate or rudeness and 18 for refusal to supply medical records or reports.
Other complaints involved accusations of a physical or mental disability and two arose out of convictions. There were 31 full inquiries held and 208 were judged not to merit this level of investigation.