GP negligence has resulted in payouts of £28 million+ in last four years

In the past four years, the MDU (one of the UK’s main defence organisations) has paid out around £28 million to settle 17 GP medical negligence claims involving meningitis.

In one case an out of hours GP failed to refer a four year old to hospital. The child was later diagnosed with meningitis B, lost a leg and suffered severe disabilities.

Of the 17 claims, five involved out of hours consultations and two involved home visits.

Nicola Anderson, an experienced GP negligence claim lawyer at Boyes Turner, commented on the number of claims:

“Meningitis can have devastating consequences if not treated promptly. The high level of compensation is due to the cost of care, which in the case of children which will be needed for many years to come. It can be difficult for a GP to distinguish between this serious condition, and the large number of cases involving fevers and rashes which will resolve of their own accord.  This makes careful examination vitally important and, if there is any doubt, a referral to hospital must be made”.

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