Case studies

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Assistance dogs in the practice

19 June 2019

After a healthcare assistant was frightened by a patient's assistance dog, a GP at the same practice called the MDU to ask if they could refuse entry to the animal on the basis of hygiene or patient safety.

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A right to view a reference?

19 June 2019

A specialty doctor had a job offer at another hospital withdrawn, and spoke to the MDU's advice line to ask if she had a right to see the reference written about her by a colleague.

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Successful defence of high value claim

16 July 2018

The MDU defended a GP member in a high value case concerning an alleged failure to refer to hospital for suspected endocarditis.

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Alleged delayed diagnosis of testicular cancer

16 July 2018

A 40-year old man brought a claim against his GP for an alleged failure to refer him for suspected testicular cancer

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Alleged allergic reaction to prescribed antibiotics

16 July 2018

A patient in his late 30s presented to an MDU GP member complaining of a cough that had lasted for two weeks.

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Alleged delayed diagnosis of breast cancer

16 July 2018

A patient brought a claim against a GP member alleging delayed diagnosis and failure to identify breast cancer.

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Complications after shoulder surgery

16 July 2018

A patient brought a claim against an MDU member more than two years after having surgery.

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Delayed diagnosis of hernia strangulation

16 July 2018

A patient with a known right inguinal hernia was seen at an out-of-hours GP unit by an MDU member.

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Disclosure in the public interest

16 July 2018

A GP had been seeing a patient with known mental health issues and a previous history of assaulting a third party.

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Mix-up of patient records

16 July 2018

A GP partner called the MDU advice line following the death of a patient.