Increased media coverage of clinical negligence and high patient expectations are causing GPs to believe they are more likely to be sued.
A survey by the Medical Protection Society (MPS) found that almost nine out of 10 (88 per cent) GPs believe they are more likely to be sued than five years ago.
The MPS conducted its own analysis which showed that a full-time GP is twice as likely to be sued compared with seven years ago.
Some 89 per cent of the 600 GPs surveyed by the MPS said that high patient expectation is the main reason they are more likely to receive a claim, followed by a rise in media coverage of clinical negligence (88 per cent).
Almost three quarters (72 per cent) said the increased workload was making it difficult to provide the best possible care.
Rob Hendry, medical director at the MPS, said that the rise in medical negligence claims could affect the number of people wanting to train as doctors.
Copyright Press Association 2015