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Male GPs ‘receive twice as many complaints’

9 October 2014

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Male GPs aged 30-50 are twice as likely to receive complaints against them when compared to their female counterparts, General Medical Council (GMC) figures show. 

A recent GMC report also revealed that black and ethnic minority (BME) doctors were 50% more likely to be sanctioned than white doctors.

Complaints received by the GMC in 2013 were at 7.7% for female GPs, compared with 15% for males in the same group.

In 2013, 14% of women doctors above the age of 50 received a complaint, which is nearly two times that of younger female GPs.

On the other hand, 23% of male GPs aged 50 and above were complained about.

The proportion of filed complaints that resulted in a warning or sanction were 3.6% and 6.4% for male and female GPs respectively.

The statistics also showed that 58% of GPs aged 30-50 are female, whilst just 35% of GPs over 50 years old are women.

Additionally, female doctors still form a lower proportion of specialist and other doctors.

Only 10% of surgeons in the UK are women, although the report suggests this may be rising.

The figures were released in the GMC’s report, The State Of Medical Education and Practice in the UK 2014.