Jamie Reed MP, Labour's Shadow Health Minister, in response to new General Medical Council figures showing a 23 per cent increase in complaints about doctors, said:
"The Government cannot brush this aside - patients are clearly being hit by their mismanagement of the NHS. Ministers lost a grip on NHS finances and we are seeing increasingly crude cost cutting measures. GPs are now being offered financial incentives to cut the number of referrals and patients face a growing list of banned or rationed treatments. It's no surprise that people are angry.
"Yesterday's British Social Attitudes survey reported a nosedive in public satisfaction with the NHS - falling for the first time in a decade. Today's figures will only add to concerns about a health service heading in the wrong direction under this out of touch Government."