Philip Sinitsky, a taxi driver from Ilford, was referred to hospital in 2006 for an MRI scan, after experiencing back and calf pain. An orthopaedic consultant at Whipps Cross University Hospital sent Mr Sinitsky for an MRI scan with Alliance Medical Limited, a private provider.
The results of the scan were passed to a company in Edinburgh to be assessed by consultant radiologists, but no abnormalities were found, to Mr Sinitsky’s relief. However, despite a course of physiotherapy, Mr Sinitksy’s pain continued and in 2007 he saw another orthopaedic consultant at Whipps Cross, who referred him for a second MRI scan at King George Hospital in December. Shortly before Christmas he was called back for an urgent appointment as the scan results showed a 20cm tumour in his left kidney. He was told the disease had already spread and caused lesions on his lungs.
Mr Sinitsky then had to have an operation to address this tumour error, removing his adrenal glands, lymph nodes and kidney and it looks likely he may have to undergo chemotherapy for the lesions on his lungs in future. Two consultant radiologists at the private firm both failed to spot the tumour and Mr Sinitsky made a formal complaint. He received a five-figure sum in compensation for the delay in his diagnosis.
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Source: London & West Essex Guardian
Date Published: June 15, 2014
Author: David Brown