GP Negligence

GPs look after the health of people in their local community and deal with a whole range of health problems. If your GP cannot deal with a problem then you will usually be referred to a hospital for tests, treatment, or to see a consultant with specialist knowledge.

There are no set rules on how to book an appointment to see a GP or other healthcare professional. You may see a GP through a NHS walk-in centre or GP-led health centre. They will usually provide treatment for minor injuries or illnesses.

Have you or somebody you know suffered deterioration in health or life threatening complications because a GP has:

  • Failed to recognise the signs and symptoms of a medical emergency e.g. appendicitis, Cauda Equina Syndrome, DVT, meningitis
  • Delayed referral for treatment of cancer / diabetes / infection
  • Delayed appropriate treatment, such as surgery, or the prescribing of medication
  • Failed to send for X-ray
  • Failed to act appropriately on conclusive or inclusive test results either by delaying or failing to refer for further treatment.
  • Prescribed the wrong medication (drug or dosage)
  • Failed to investigate/ refer/consider a second opinion from an orthopaedic surgeon, oncologist, cardiologist etc
  • Failed to diagnose or recognise a serious condition e.g cancer, diabetes, infection
  • Failed to do an ECG that may have helped to diagnose a heart attack
  • And more….these are just examples.


Case Study

GP Delayed Diagnosis of Heart Failure – “In August 2004, Mr Clarke went to see his GP because he had been suffering from chest pains for the past few weeks. He was advised that the pain was caused by indigestion and prescribed medication for heartburn.However, the chest pains continued. Mr Clarke consulted his GP again a few weeks later and, again, he was told it was indigestion.” – Read the full case study here


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