General practitioners provide primary care; they are the usual agency for referral to specialist investigation or in emergency situations. Claims may involve failure to recognise acute condition that require emergency assessment: acute painful abdomen, meningitis, cauda equina, acute chest pain.
Claims against general practitioners may include: failure to refer where symptoms raise index of suspicion of cancer, "red flags” for example: visible blood in urine, breast lump, blood in stool with change in bowel habit; persistent cough.
Cancer can affect any organ of the body. Different cancers typically present with different symptoms; some symptoms are considered “red flag” for certain cancers and require urgent referral. For example, blood in urine is a red flag for urinary tract cancer; a breast lump is a red flag for breast cancer..
Delay in diagnosing cancer can result in: loss of cure so the cancer is incurable; worse symptoms and more extensive treatment; reduction in life expectation.
Other claims against general practitioners may include prescribing errors, giving inappropriate medication, incorrect injections being given or complications arising from minor procedures such as burns from wart removals.
If you have been injured as a result of GP negligence you should contact MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE TEAM on 0800 246 11 22 or complete the form below and we will call you back.