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.
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Understanding David’s Medical Negligence Claim
When David called the out-of-hours GP service – run by Take Care Now – he was seen by a locum doctor from Germany with a specialism in cosmetic medicine.
He had come to the UK to work on an out of hours basis to fill a gap left by regular GPs. 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.
The incident demonstrated a lack of systematic control in the locum GP service. Even though the parties never accepted liability Medical Accident Group’s Inez Brown was able to ensure that the family received £40,000 compensation and pushed for changes in the way that these doctors are handled.
Medical Negligence Specialist, Inez Brown Explains:
“During the inquest, the coroner found failings in the procedures put in place to ensure the capabilities of doctor’s 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.”
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