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Complaints Considered by the Fitness to Practice Committee in 2007

Complaints Considered by the Fitness to Practice Committee in 2007
Category Complaints Received in 2007 Total number of decisions made in 2007* Of which 2007 complaints 2007 complaints carried over to 2008 PF case(inquiry) No PF Case* NPF Case - of which Withdrawn/ Resolved/ Closed
               
A 17 17 11 6 6 11 0
B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C 97 93 66 31 3 90 5
D 96 93 59 37 18 75 14
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F 7 6 4 3 0 6 1
G 32 26 18 14 0 26 4
H 18 17 12 6 0 17 0
I 1 1 0 1 0 1 0
J 9 7 5 4 0 7 0
K 8 7 5 3 0 7 0
L 4 1 1 3 0 1 0
M 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
P 19 13 9 10 0 13 1
Misc 33 6 5 28 0 6 1
Total 343 287 195 149 27 260 26

* Includes complaints carried over from previous years

Categories of Complaint
   
A Alcohol/ Drug Abuse/ Irresponsible Prescribing
B Deputising Arrangements
C Treatment
D Professional Standards
E Responsibility to Colleagues
F Failure to Attend
G Failure to Communicate/ Rudeness
H Failure to Supply Medical Records/ Reports
I Certification
J Other Complaints Considered
K Advertising
L Convictions
M Physical/ Mental Disability
Misc Miscellaneous
P Complaints Unspecified/ RMP Unidentified

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* Of those where there was no prima facie decision to hold an inquiry, following the Fitness to Practice Committee meetings, 23 doctors were referred to the 6th edition of the Ethical Guide

Complaints Considered by the Fitness to Practice Committee in 2006 and 2007

Complaints Considered in 2006 and 2007
Decision 2006(Number) 2007(Number) 2006(%) 2007(%)
Prima facia decision (Inquiry called) 32 27 10.53% 9.41%
No prima facie decision (no case) 246 234 80.92% 81.53%
NPF of which withdrawn/ resolved/ closed 26 26 8.55% 9.06%

Average length of time from receipt of complaint to FTPC decision in 2007: 3.87 months

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Type of Doctors

Complaints against Doctors
Category of Doctor Number Percentage
Consultants 122 33.24%
Non Consultant Hospital Doctors 17 4.63%
General Practitioners 204 55.59%
Other (Unspecified) 24 6.54%
  367 100%

Please note:- some complaints concern more than one doctor

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Of the doctors complained in 2007, 22 were complained more than once (4 of those were the subject of an inquiry) and 148 were doctors who were on the Specialist Register.

Ratio of complaints received in 2007 to number of doctors on General Register
Type of Doctor Number
Fully Registered Doctors 16,384
Temporary Registered Doctors 709
Interns 736
Total 17,829
Compaints received in 2007 367
Liklihood of having a complaint made against an RMP 49:1

Outcome of Complaints

Applications made to the High Court pursuant to Section 51
   
Section 51 Orders granted 3
Undertakings given 2

 

Inquiries held in 2007
   
Completed 22
Adjourned 2
Pending (as at 31/12/07) 20
No. of Inquiry days 16

 

Outcomes of Inquiries in 2007
   
Guilty of Professional Misconduct 11
Unfit to engage in practice of medicine 5
Not Guilty/ Fit to engage in practice of medicine/ no case 5
No finding but sanction imposed pirsuant to s.47 and s.48 1

 

Sanctions imposed in 2007
   
Erasure 10
Conditions 3
Suspension 0
Advise/ Admonish/ Censure 4
No sanction imposed 5
Total 22

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