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Law change on locum doctors after Ally Taft highlighted systemic failure

Locum doctor’s over prescription leads to death

David called the out-of-hours GP service from his home in Cambridgeshire. He was diagnosed with kidney stones and was seen by a locum doctor from Germany. Unfortunately, due to the doctor’s poor grasp of English and lack of training, David was given ten times the prescribed amount of diamorphine and passed away just hours later.

David’s family approached specialist in claims relating to mistakes by locum doctors, Ally Taft for help.

The incident demonstrated a lack of systematic control in the locum GP service. Even though the parties never accepted liability, Ally Taft was able to ensure that the family received compensation and pushed for changes in the way that these doctors are handled.

Regarding the case, Ally said: “During the inquest, the coroner found failings in the procedures put in place to ensure the capabilities of doctors from abroad. These include their grasp of English as well as their experience of the NHS system.

“Importantly, following these revelations, I pushed for recommendations to be made to the health secretary to change the way out-of-hours services are handled in the UK.”

Ally achieved a positive outcome for the family, who were awarded £40,000 in compensation.

If you have suffered from medical negligence as a result of a locum doctor our experts can help you with your claim – call us on 0800 050 1668 or fill in the form below.

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Starting out as a physiotherapist, Ally embarked on her legal training knowing that she wanted to specialise in clinical negligence from the outset. Now a partner for Medical Accident Group, her experience and medical understanding have stood her and her clients in good stead, combined, as they are, with her determination to seek justice for clients whose lives have been devastated by clinical negligence.

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