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Complaints considered by the Fitness to Practise Committee & Preliminary Proceedings Committee in 2008

Category 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

 

Complaints considered by FTPC & PPC in 2008
Category Complaints received in 2008 Total number of decisions made in 2008* Of which 2008 complaints 2008 complaints carried over to 2009 PF case (inquiry)* No PF case** NPF Case - of which Withdrawn/ Resolved/ Closed*
A 22 21 11 4 8 13 5
B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C 83 92 60 2 5 87 5
D 92 94 57 7 14 80 2
E 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
F 9 11 8 3 0 11 2
G 40 41 28 0 1 40 4
H 14 14 11 1 0 14 8
I 1 2 1 0 0 2 0
J 14 15 11 0 0 15 1
K 7 7 4 0 0 7 1
L 4 2 0 0 0 2 0
M 1 3 1 0 1 2 0
P 21 16 11 4 0 16 7
Misc 9 5 4 0 0 5 1
Total 318 323 207 22 29 294 30

*Includes complaints carried over from previous years and considered by the Fitness to Practise Committee and the Preliminary Proceedings Committee
** Of those where there was no prima facie decision to hold an inquiry, following Fitness to Practise Committee meetings 29 doctors were referred to the 6th edition of the Ethical Guide

Complaints Considered by the Fitness to Practise Committee (1978 Act) in 2008

Complaints considered by the FTPC (1978 Act) in 2008
Category Complaints received in 2008 Total number of decisions made in 2008* Of which 2008 complaints 2008 complaints carried over to 2009 PF (inquiry)* No PF case* NPF Case - of which Withdrawn/ Resolved/ Closed**
A 12 18 8 4 7 11 5
B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C 44 75 43 2 2 73 5
D 50 81 44 7 10 71 2
E 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F 3 6 3 3 0 6 2
G 20 33 20 0 0 33 4
H 7 11 6 1 0 11 8
I 1 2 1 0 0 2 0
J 9 13 9 0 0 13 1
K 3 6 3 0 0 6 1
L 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
M 0 2 0 0 0 2 0
P 14 15 13 4 0 15 7
Misc 7 5 4 1 0 5 1
Total 170 269 154 22 19 250 30

FYPC 2008

Complaints considered by the Preliminary Proceedings Committee in 2008

Complaints considered by PPC in 2008
Category Complaints received in 2008 Total number decisions made in 2008* Of which 2008 complaints 2008 complaints carried over to 2009 PF case (inquiry) No PF case NPF case - of which Withdrawn/ Resolved/ Closed
A 10 3 3 7 1 2 0
B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
C 39 17 17 22 3 14 0
D 42 13 13 29 4 9 0
E 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
F 6 5 4 1 0 5 0
G 20 8 8 12 1 7 0
H 7 3 3 4 0 3 0
I 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
J 5 2 2 3 0 2 0
K 4 1 1 3 0 1 0
L 4 0 0 0 0 0 0
M 1 1 1 0 1 0 0
P 7 1 1 6 0 1 0
Misc 2 0 0 2 0 0 0
Total 148 54 53 90 10 44 0

*Includes complaints carried over from previous years and considered by the Fitness to Practise Committee and the Preliminary Proceedings Committee
** Of those where there was no prima facie decision to hold an inquiry, following Fitness to Practise Committee meetings 25 doctors were referred to the 6th edition of the Ethical Guide

PPC 2008

Complaints Considered in 2007 and 2008

Complaints considered in 2007 and 2008
Decision 2007 (Number) 2008 (Number) 2007 (%) 2008(%)
Prima facia decision (Inquiry called) 27 29 9.41% 8.98%
No prima facia decision (no case) 234 294 81.53% 81.73%
NPF of which withdrawn/ resolved/ closed 26 30 9.06% 9.29%

Average length of time from receipt of complaint to FTPC decision in 2008: 4.33 Months
Average length of time from receipt of complaint to PPC decision in 2008: 3 Months

Complaints

Type of Doctors

Complaints against Doctors
Category of Doctor Number Percentage
Consultants 114 33.04%
Non Consultant Hospital Doctors 21 6.09%
General Practitioners 204 59.13%
Other (unspecified) 6 1.74%
  345 100%

Please note:- some complaints concern more than one doctor

Type of Doctors 2008

Of the doctors complained in 2008 - 23 were complained more than once (3 of these were the subject of an inquiry) and 170 were doctors who were on the Specialist Register.

Ratio of complaints received in 2008 to number of doctors on General Register
Type of Doctor Number
Fully Registered Doctors 17,741
Temporarily Registered Doctors 673
Interns 657
Total 19,071
Complaints Received in 2008 318
Liklihood of having a complaint made against a RMP 1:60

Outcome of Complaints

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

 

Applications made to the Hugh Court pursuant to Section 60
   
Section 60 Orders granted 3

 

Inquiries held in 2008
   
Completed 23
Adjourned 3
Pending (as at 31/12/08) 6
No of Inquiry Days 53.5

 

Outcome of Inquiries 2008
   
Guilty of Professional Misconduct 8
Unfit to engage in practice of medicine 0
Not Guilty/ Fit to Engage in practice of medicine/ no case 7
No finding but sanction imposed pirsuant to s.47 and s.48 8

 

Sanctions inposed in 2008
   
Erasure 3
Conditions 7
Suspension 1
Advise/ Admonish/ Censure 4
No sanction imposed 9
Total 24

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