Is My GP Guilty Of Professional Negligence?

IN 2008, I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH LYMPHODEMA OF MY LOWER LEFT LEG. I WAS REFERRED TO MY LOCAL NHS CLINIC IN DECEMBER 2008 AND GIVEN A TREATMENT PROGRAMME IN MAY 2009. DURING THE INTERIM PERIOD, THE NURSE ASSIGNED TO PROVIDE ME WITH THE TREATMENT WENT ON LONG TERM SICK LEAVE AND NEVER RETURNED. HER REPLACEMENT FELT UNABLE TO TREAT ME OWING TO MY UNDERLYING DISABILITY (CMT) AND REFERRED ME BACK TO MY GP. MY GP DID NOTHING TO PROVIDE ME WITH ALTERNATIVE TREATMENT, DESPITE PERSISTENCE FROM MYSELF. IN DESPAIR, IN MARCH 2010 AFTER BEING PATIENT AND WAITING FOR MY GP FOR ALMOST A YEAR, I SOUGHT PRIVATE TREATMENT. THIS WAS LIMITED OWING TO THE SHEER SIZE OF MY LIMB BUT PARTIALLY SUCCESSFUL ON MY RIGHT LEG, WHERE THE LYMPHODEMA HAS SPREAD. I WAS PRESCRIBED FARROW WRAP FOR MY RIGHT LEFT AND ADVISED THAT THE SAME WOULD BE NEEDED FOR MY LEFT LEG, BUT MADE TO MEASURE. AT THIS TIME, MY GP CHANGED AND BECAME MORE SYMPATHETIC. BETWEEN HER AND THE PRIVATE THERAPIST, I HAVE SUCCESSFULLY OBTAINED AN APPOINTMENT WITH A SPECIALIST FOR 28 OCTOBER IN THE NHS. IN THE INTERIM, HOWEVER, MY GP WILL NOT FUND ME FOR THE MTM WRAP FOR MY LEFT LEG, WHICH COMES IN AT OVER 800 AND CLAIM THERE IS NO NHS ALTERNATIVE. GIVEN THAT THEY HAVE BEEN AWARE THIS CONDITION HAS WORSENED OVER THE LAST YEAR AND DONE NOTHING ABOUT IT AND THE FACT THAT DESPITE ALL, I NOW CANNOT WALK AT ALL, ARE THEY GUILTY OF PROFESSIONAL NEGLIGENCE BY ALLOWING ME TO WAIT AND WORSEN FOR A YEAR WITHOUT DOING ANYTHING AND IN EFFECT, HAVE ONLY NOW BEEN MADE TO ACT BY VIRTUE OF THE FACT THAT MY GP CHANGED AND WAS MORE SYMPATHETIC TO MY PLIGHT. THROUGHOUT I HAVE BEEN WITH THE SAME GP PRACTICE.
Answers:
I don't know about NHS, but can you change GP's? It is quality of useless to backtrack/back-peddle now and say "what if".

Is it the NHS specifically supposed to pay for the farrow wrap or the GP? That is unclear to me. Is it that you want him to individually pay for it or just to go and get the NHS to approve payment for it?

I don't think he should instinctively pay for it, but maybe he should try to catch the NHS to approve it. Sometimes it is a cost vs effectiveness thing whether insurance or affairs of state payors will cover something or not.

It may be that he is just overwhelmed with work and understaffed and possibly not quite the expert in your weakness (CMT) that you wish he were. In any satchel, since you are unhappy with his keeping, I think it would be best to change doctors. Yes, you could perchance try to sue him, but where would that get you. I don't surmise he exacerbated your problem on purpose, but I don't know him and I wasn't there.

I would try to move forward, fairly than backwards to try and change the past or financially gain from mistakes within the past.

The best thing you can do for yourself is to tutor yourself as much about your disease and your condition/symptoms/treatments as possible to help your doctor to assistance you, since your disease is maybe not so well particular. Here is a link for you, which you might already have.
http://nord-rdb.com/search/orgdetail_ful…

"The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine" is a small pocket size book that sometimes doctors within training can carry with them to own a lot of information about everything surrounded by a small book. Not sure if your disease is in there or not. It tell what the disease is, what causes it, what tests to run, what the prognosis is,etc. It is everything contained by a "compact" readable amount of detail. If you can't understand everything in nearby, your doctor can.

Here is a link to it on Amazon.
http://books.google.com/books?id=BSzr0AZ…

You can look in the library, within new or used bookstores, online (amazon or ebay). Even the used version is pretty up to date, not much changes very swiftly in medicine.

Also you can look within the library for nursing manuals/books of diseases and treatment and not only look under your disease, but underneath the symptom (ie lymphadema). You can buy them fairly cheap at used bookstores or on ebay or craigslist or amazon.

I am a nurse of 10 years and I had to google force out CMT. At first I thought you meant CML (leukemia).
Contact the Patients Advice and Liaison Service. They should be able to give a hand and advise. Source(s): http://www.pal.nhs.uk/cmsContentView.as…


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