Case studies

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Criminal records

17 December 2010

Should you disclose patient details to the police in connection with a high value fraud?

End of life dilemma

17 December 2010

The case of a patient who expressed an intention to commit suicide raises an interesting question about confidentiality.

Ischaemia in the toes

17 December 2010

It was alleged that an MDU GP member did not spot the early stages of ischaemia, nor referred the patient to hospital quickly enough to avoid the loss of her toes.

Marital secrets

17 December 2010

A couple – a 35-year old woman and her 49-year old male partner – had been trying to conceive for two years, ever since their marriage.

Ruptured Achilles tendon

17 December 2010

A 36-year old male patient attended his GP, a member of the MDU, complaining of an injury to his right ankle.

Who can claim a death certificate?

17 December 2010

This is a highly unusual case involving rival requests for a patient’s death certificate.

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Back pain became cauda equina

16 December 2010

The patient was a 46-year old man with a history of recurrent low back pain. He had a severe attack six months before and had had an x-ray which showed some degenerative changes. He consulted his GP, an MDU member, complaining of left leg pain and some numbness.

Delayed diagnosis but no damage

16 December 2010

A lump in the breast diagnosed as a benign sebaceous cyst turned out to be an invasive ductal carcinoma. The MDU successfully defended the GP member, proving that any delay in diagnosis did not affect the outcome.

Failure to diagnose heart disease

16 December 2010

A patient with a history of indigestion and hypertension alleged that her GP had negligently failed to diagnose heart disease. She later had a heart attack.

Miscarriage following laparoscopy

16 December 2010

An MDU member was accused of failing to establish whether the patient was pregnant before proceeding with diagnostic laparoscopy.