Nearly 25% of doctors who worked with incompetent colleagues did not bring it to the notice of authorities, a survey has revealed.
When they were quizzed about professional ethics, the survey revealed that one in five GPs did not value patients' interest above their own financial interests. Most of the doctors frankly said that they received free gifts and samples from drug companies.
Niall Dickson, the Chief Executive of the General Medical Council, said, "As the study finds, there is strong support among UK doctors for the values set out in our guidance. There are some worrying findings however; including that one in four doctors did not raise concerns about another incompetent or poorly performing doctor, although it is clear that some of the doctors believed the concerns were being dealt with by others. Doctors have a clear duty to put patients' interests first and act to protect them; this includes raising concerns about colleagues when necessary."