With an ageing population and more complex health care needs GPs are finding that they are becoming more susceptible to clinical negligence claims from making mistakes.
With an increased patient list GPs are starting to feel the strain. This is where administration of paperwork is vitally important. A misfiled blood test or results letter can prevent a critical diagnosis or help being given in a timely matter. Further to this a delay in referral because a GP is spending time on other matters can seriously delay any critical treatment that might be needed.
With the rise of patient numbers throughout the country GP surgeries are now turning into small medical centres where minor operations can take place. This gives raise to clinical errors or consent issues as GPs will not have the experience to explain the procedure and its risks and to carry out such procedures that are expected from them.
A GP now has an infinite number of patients to see in a short amount of time. This can lead to the GP not taking a full working history throughout the consultation. In order to come to a diagnosis a GP must listen to the patient as the answer will lay in their story. A GP listening to a patient can then tell whether they are dealing with a serious diagnosis such as cauda equine or simple back pain.
In today’s fast moving society a GP needs to be able to time manage effectively to make sure the care provided to all patients does not fall below the level expected of them.
If you any concerns about your care or you believe a mistake has been made by your GP which has harmed you please get in touch with us.