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Chaperones more for GPs than for patients

More than 43,000 complaints were made against GPs and other family health service workers last year, latest Government figures reveal.

The figure of 43,347 complaints during the financial year 2003/4 was marginally up on the previous year's tally of 42,844. A total of 1,248 complainants also requested an independent review.

Some 802 of these complaints concerned clinical activity, 209 related to communications and attitude and 124 were connected with practice management.

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