When you visit your GP with a medical concern or problem, you expect to find out exactly what that problem is and how to cope with it. The GP should listen to your symptoms and situation and make decisions based on that information, as well as possibly doing tests and performing an exam.
The one thing you would not reasonably expect is inadequate GP treatment, and for good reason. Fortunately few of us would ever find ourselves in a situation where this may potentially arise. However it is good to know you have recourse to take action if you do feel you have not received the appropriate level of care you would expect.
So what constitutes inadequate GP treatment? It can be a number of things. For example a doctor may miss a condition completely or provide a diagnosis for the wrong thing. If the condition is serious it could lead to a vital delay in treatment, which could affect the outcome. Few people ever find themselves in situations such as this, but if the potential for such an outcome arises, it is essential to get professional advice. You can find out more about this below.
How bad could such a situation be?
As we mentioned above, receiving sub-standard care can mean different things. Missing a condition or misdiagnosing a serious condition as something much less concerning can have profound physical and mental effects on the person concerned.
Few GP practices find themselves in situations such as this, but when large numbers of people are treated on a regular basis the potential for errors to crop up is always there, if only in a small way. Even one person who has been negatively affected will make a difference.
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Here at Accident Advice Helpline we assist people every single day who have found themselves in a variety of situations that could warrant a no win, no fee claim for compensation. Some of them have received poor treatment, so if you think you fall into this group you should call us today to find out whether you too can make a claim.
Don’t hesitate to use our free 24/7 enquiry line to determine where you stand and whether such a claim would be successful in your case. We may be able to help you get the answers you seek.
Date Published: November 30, 2014
Author: David Brown