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GMC cases quadruple

GPs are making up a smaller proportion of the GMC's caseload compared with hospital doctors and other specialists, new research has found.

A Medical Defence Union analysis of GMC cases between 1999 and 2001 that involved its members found 46 per cent of cases were against GPs, compared with 52 per cent in 1990.

MDU senior research fellow Dr Patrick Hoyte said: 'It is good to see that proportionally GPs are less likely to be subject to GMC investigations than they used to be, particularly as they make up only 38 per cent of the medical population of the UK.'

Overall, the number of complaints against doctors quadrupled in the past decade.

In 1990, 27 per cent of complaints to the GMC related to clinical care, compared with 66 per cent in 2001.

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