Communication Error Causes Patient Death
A delay in updating the medical records of a patient causes her untimely death
Diabetics warned trial drugs double the risk of amputation
A drug trial that is looking at protecting diabetics against heart and kidney disease has warned participants that they could double their risk of toe, foot or leg amputation.
It is believed that dozens of people across Europe have had amputations after volunteering for Canagliflozin trials.
Doctor Mistakes Cancer Symptoms And Instead Tells Patient To Lose Weight
Ovarian cancer misdiagnosis as GP tells patient to lose weight when she was suffering from chronic pain.
Doctors avoid telling patients to lose weight
A survey by the GP magazine, Pulse, found that overweight patients take offence at being told to lose weight by their GP.
In a poll of 1,141 doctors, 32 per cent said overweight patients had not reacted well to their advice, despite the warnings of obesity.
Doctors cutting urgent appointments to 5 minutes to meet with demand
With some GPs seeing a demand of more than 100 patients a day, many are having to cut urgent appointment down to five minutes to cope with demand.
The 10-minute requirement for appointments was dropped by the government in April 2014, to allow GPs more control.
Doctors failing to spot dementia
People are being encouraged to see their doctor if they are suffering from memory problems, as an early sign of dementia, but GPs are not spotting dementia.
The campaign urging people to see their doctor with memory lapses saw a rise consultations but not in diagnoses.
Doctors Mistake Aggressive Leukaemia For A Gum Infection
Woman fights an aggressive form of leukaemia after doctors dismissed her symptoms as a gum infection.
Doctors warn that ten-minute appointments are dangerous
Senior doctors have warned that short GP appointments are failing patients as local surgeries take on more from hospitals.
Last year a study found that Britain had the shortest GP appointments in the developed world.
Family of Cancer Victim Urge Everyone to Check Their GP’s Background.
The family of a cancer victim are urging everyone to check the background of their GP via the GMC website.
GP surgeries must open full time or face funding cuts
A deal agreed yesterday will see an extra £88 million funding given to GPs for evening and weekend appointments, however those who close for half a day a week will miss out.
GPs to start charging patients
A group of GPs are planning to charge patients for weekend and evening appointments, breaking the NHS rules.
GPs under pressure, tell patients to keep it to one illness per appointment
Patients with chronic diseases have been told they are only to raise one thing at each appointment and that they cannot ask to extend their appointment, even if they have multiple medical problems.
Lesbians often given the wrong advice for smear tests
Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) groups have said that women who have sex with women are often wrongly told they do not need a cervical screening test, otherwise known as a smear test.
Man Wins Compensation Claim As Parkinsons Disease Missed By Doctor
NHS award a man £30,000 as Parkinson’s disease diagnosis was missed for eight years
Pregnant Mum Dies Of Heart Failure
A 36 year old mum died due to heart failure whilst pregnant with twin boys. At 32 weeks the mum started to feel sweaty and breathless, she experienced bouts of dizziness and vomiting.
Princess Diana Doctor Under Negligence Investigation by GMC
Dr Wheeler was the doctor to Princess Diana and the trusted private GP for a London family for over 30 years but it is alleged that he failed to monitor the effects of a prescribed medication methotrexate.
Virtual GPs could be offering instant advice soon
NHS doctors and researchers at Essex University are working on an app that can deliver instant medical advice, a “virtual GP”.
Intended to help people with minor tummy complaints, colds and flu, it will be piloted in East Anglia.
Young Woman Dies After Cancer Misdiagnosis
A 30 year old woman dies after being told a lump is ‘nothing to worry about’.
When it comes to strokes it’s important that diagnosis and treatment are quick. Where there is a delay in diagnosis, a misdiagnosis, or a delay in providing treatment, such as drugs to help tackle the blood clots, there could be grounds for a medical negligence claim.