In the majority of cases a patient’s first point of contact with the health service is via their GPs.
Surprisingly, GPs do not work for the NHS, however, they often control the initial direction medical investigations and tests take. Therefore, it is very important that when being seen by a GP they take their time to properly listen and examine their patient.
GPs, by their very nature, must have a wide knowledge of medicine, they must use their skills, judgement and experience to decide when it is safe not to refer a patient to a specialist, when a patient should be referred or even when a patient should be referred urgently. GPs therefore have a lot of responsibility as they are continually making snap judgements that could have drastic consequences if they get it wrong.
Dutton Gregory has a specialist medical negligence department that has extensive experience in investigating claims against GPs. The most common types of claims against GPs include:
- Failure to diagnose
- Delayed treatment
- Incorrect treatment
- Failure to refer to a specialist
- Prescription errors
If you think you may have sustained an injury as a result of the action or inaction of your GP then please contact us.