I came across this article in the Telegraph which revealed that the number of claims notified to the Medical Defence Union (MDU), which insures more than half of UK GP's, rose by 20% in 2010 compared with the previous year. Claims across all specialities have risen, according to the MDU, but the biggest rise has been in general practice. 60% of all claims alleged against GP's are due to delayed or wrong diagnosis; followed by failure to refer patients at 15% and medication errors at 10%.
I regularly act for such individuals and am currently working on a claim by a family whose GP failed to diagnose their 6 month year old daughter with meningitis. She now requires full time supervision and her case could be worth many millions of pounds due to her complex care needs.
I believe that the increase in number of people making complaints and seeking legal action can only be viewed as positive, as it indicates greater access to justice for people entitled to compensation.