Case studies

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A late night caller

1 May 2009

A GP sought help from the MDU in dealing with an ex-patient whose unwanted telephone calls to the GP’s home had begun to take on a threatening tone.

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Alleged assault

1 May 2009

A GP locum sought help from the MDU after being made the subject of a complaint alleging that he had touched a patient inappropriately during a physical examination.

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Don't forget the small print

1 May 2009

A junior doctor sought help from the MDU after being referred to the GMC by a hospital trust. He had inadvertently failed to disclose a prior caution and a conviction where requested to do so on an application form.

Granting a deathbed wish

1 May 2009

A GP sought advice from the MDU following a request made by a dying patient that sensitive but relevant clinical information be withheld from his death certificate. The GP was sympathetic to the patient’s wishes but was concerned that complying with the request might not be permissible.

Not to be tolerated

1 May 2009

A practice manager sought advice from the MDU about the possibility of removing from the practice list a patient who had been racially abusive about one of the doctors.

Once bitten

1 May 2009

A GP sought advice from the MDU after a prescription error resulted in a patient taking the wrong drug. Although the GP issued an apology the patient later brought a claim alleging that the drug had contributed to her involvement in a road traffic accident.

Wrong blood

1 May 2009

A junior doctor sought help from the MDU following an adverse incident on the labour ward. The doctor had inadvertently mixed up blood samples taken from two patients, resulting in a ‘near miss’ when one of the patients later required a blood transfusion.

Failure to adequately monitor liver and lung function

1 December 2007

A GP faced a claim for damages which alleged that his failure to carry out routine periodic blood tests on a patient prescribed long-term antibacterial treatment resulted in liver damage and other complications.

Ophthalmic case study

1 December 2007

The following is a fictitious claim based on salient features of actual cases handled by the MDU on behalf of its members regarding opthalmic issues.

The hazards of foreign travel

1 December 2007

A GP was accused of delay in diagnosing deep vein thrombosis after failing to spot the condition in a woman who, following an exotic holiday, attended her practice with a spider bite to the leg.