18 March 2015
GP Failings Led to Man’s Death
A Yorkshire man has died after two GP’s failed to assess his medical condition correctly.
The man in his 70’s was in immense pain for several weeks and was unable to walk or leave his chair. Two GP’s visited his home on consecutive days but he subsequently died from a blood clot in one of his lungs.
The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) investigated the case and found that both doctors were negligent and failed in their duty to adequately assess the man or provide further investigations and treatment.
The report from the PHSO states that the doctors have learned from the complaint made by the gentleman’s family and have taken action to ensure that it never happens again. They also said that there was a strong possibility that even without the GPs’ failings the man would have died.
The doctors have subsequently paid £2,000 to the man’s wife and apologised.
Slater and Gordon Senior Lawyer Rachel Brown said, “Lessons have been learned locally from the failure to diagnose and treat this gentleman’s condition, with the result that hopefully such consequences may be avoided for future patients”.
Rachel Brown is a Senior Clinical Negligence Solicitor at Slater and Gordon Lawyers UK.
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