The General Medical Council (GMC) provides a set of standards which a GP must follow, outlining what a patient can expect from their GP. If a GP does not meet these standards, they are at risk of their membership to GMC being revoked. A patient may also be able to claim compensation from their GP if they have suffered as a result of substandard care and treatment.
Putting the needs of the patient first
The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has also set out guidelines to assist GPs when treating patients and arranging referrals. If these guidelines are not followed, negligent treatment or misdiagnosis can result.
Yes. A patient has a right to request access to their medical records under the Access to Health Records Act 1990, Data Protection Act (DPA 2018) and the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR 2018).
The patient can request access themselves (if they have capacity) or authorise a third party (such as a solicitor) to make the request on their behalf. It is known as a Subject Access Request (SAR).
The GDPR 2018 provides that such records should be provided within 30 days and that no fee is payable.
Yes. Personal Representatives and anyone who may have a claim in relation to a patient’s death have a right to request access to the deceased’s records. You would need to provide evidence in support of your request, such as a Grant of Probate or Letters of Administration. Requests should be made to Primary Care Support England (PCSE). It is unlikely that the deceased’s usual GP Surgery will continue to hold their records after their death.
A gynaecology claim can be very distressing and we are here to help.
Healthcare professionals must be able to detect early warning signs of cervical or gynaecological cancer. Examples of possible negligence claims include, failing to:
Other common examples of potential gynaecology claims include:
If sub-standard treatment is received during pregnancy, due to the actions or inactions of a midwife, it may be possible to bring a claim against the hospital employing the midwife or the individual midwife.
Some common examples of midwife negligence claims involve the following conditions:
Midwives are usually responsible for care for 10 – 28 days after birth. If the baby is healthy, care is normally provided for 10 – 14 days. Midwifes now work within a variety of locations, including within hospitals, GP surgeries and can also make home visits.
Although many operations are performed successfully, mistakes can occur. Common examples of negligence associated with hip surgery include:
Knee surgery involves bone and cartilage being removed from the patient’s knee and being substituted with organic or man-made components.
Although many operations are performed successfully, mistakes can occur. Common examples of negligence associated with knee replacement surgery include:
In most cases, you will receive excellent advice from solicitors practicing Clinical Negligence. However, if you believe you have received inappropriate advice or are concerned about your ongoing claim and how it is currently being dealt with, we can assist. Our Clinical Negligence solicitors at Tees are professional, friendly and helpful with expertise in both Clinical Negligence and Professional Negligence claims.
We will review your case thoroughly and work closely with you to ensure that your claim is pursued appropriately or (if you have suffered loss) we may be able to bring a claim against your previous solicitor for negligence.
The most common reason for removal of the gallbladder is because the patient has painful gallstones which have been a persistent problem and cannot be treated via a different method.
It is possible that some patients may find that gallstones do not cause any symptoms. However, occasionally the presence of gallstones can stop the flow of bile which causes significant pain for the patient (in the upper abdomen region). The severity of the pain may mean that surgery is necessary. It is also possible that some patients may be at risk of jaundice.