A new report from the General Medical Council (GMC) has found that ‘many patients are unsure how to raise concerns about poor medical care and more needs to be done to help them’.
Your Legal Friend medical negligence specialist, Sara Stanger comments on the report's findings and how they echo those of the Your Legal Friend commissioned British Health Report.
Sara says “Patients shouldn’t have to face confusion when it comes to raising concerns about poor medical care. Our British Health Report found that 35% of patients believe they have received poor treatment from medical professionals which suggests that many incidences of poor practice are going unreported.
“We applaud the medical professionals who have put these issues in the spotlight. We are not surprised to see that the number of concerns raised by doctors is increasing. Nearly half (44%) of the doctors we spoke to as part of our report said they believe that NHS patient care will decline in the next five years.
“Issues will only be addressed if medical professionals and patients can easily come forward to report poor care. We urge the GMC to actively work with both patients and professionals to develop a straightforward reporting system that people feel comfortable using in order to make their concerns heard.”