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Posted on 19th May 2017

Family of Cancer Victim Urge Everyone to Check Their GP’s Background.

In October 2014, legal action was started by the family of a man who had died because of a misdiagnosed cancer. The legal action that ensued uncovered several warnings by the GMC (General Medical Council) against the man’s GP.

After visiting his GP due to ilness and pain in his kidneys, the man decided he would visit a private hospital. In March 2014 the patient attended a private hospital where a specialist referred him for a CT scan because of his medical history and blood test results. The results of the scan showed stage four renal cancer, a tumour the size of a rugby ball that had spread from his kidney to his spleen.

It was decided by the hospital after being admitted to A&E that the tumour could not be removed so chemotherapy treatment was started.

The tribunal heard how GP Expert Witnesses concluded that in October 2013 when the patient went to see his GP with continuing kidney pains, the patient should have been given an immediate urgent referral for suspected cancer and failure to do so was “inadequate and inappropriate”

It was found that the man’s GP had previously been interviewed by the Police because they were concerned that one of the GP’s patients had been given inappropriate medication. The medication he gave had previously been returned by another patient and placed on the GP’s shelf in his consulting room.

The GP also had three conditions placed upon his practicing certificate to allow him to continue to practice medicine including the requirement of a fully registered medical practitioner chaperone for all consultations with female patients. The tribunal were also told that the GP had practiced for two months without indemnity insurance.

The family of the deceased are urging everyone to check the background of their GP via the GMC website. The GMC issue conditions on practicing certificates where a doctor’s performance falls below an acceptable standard.


In 2011, it was reported that 1 in 4 cancer sufferers have been misdiagnosed by GPs causing a delay in receiving what could be life-saving treatment. Almost half (46%) of cancer patients are diagnosed late.

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There are around 200 different types of cancer currently identified and the NHSLA (NHS Legal Authority) say their figures show in 2014/2015 cancer was the second most misdiagnosed condition they received claims for.

If you think that your cancer could have been diagnosed earlier or that your treatment was delayed due to a delayed diagnosis of cancer, contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.