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Doctors are failing to meet patient expectations and are in danger of losing public confidence, according to a report from the King's Fund.

It claims medical leadership is too weak and that the royal colleges should do more to build a 'new professionalism' among doctors to restore public faith in them following a series of highly publicised medical scandals.

Dr Rebecca Rosen, a GP in Woolwich, south-east London, and author of the report, said: 'Doctors are becoming demoralised and withdrawn, and being stopped from taking decisions they positively believe in. They have to work more collaboratively with patients.'

It suggests a new approach is needed to allow doctors to resist pressures from managers and politicians.

The report suggests the profession should enter into a discussion with managers and the public, to find out how it can best serve them. 'The profession needs to demonstrate better its overriding duty to serve patients,' it said.

Dr Rosen told Pulse more power should be given to GPs.

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