GP shortage could lead to an increase in medical negligence

23/05/2019

More needs to be done to tackle the growing problem of access to GP services amid fears it could lead to an increase in cases of clinical negligence.

Sophie-Ann Bridges, a solicitor in our Personal Injury and Clinical Negligence Department, spoke out after news emerged of threats to services at a GP surgery in Tettenhall, Wolverhampton.  

Patients say that closing a branch of the surgery could leave them without easy access to basic medical services, something that could have a major impact.

Serious consideration must be given to the falling number of accessible GP services in the UK, something we know is being experienced locally.

Closure of local and accessible services to individuals will unfortunately increase waiting times for appointments at remaining surgeries as well as increased attendances at Accident and Emergency departments for more routine issues that may not warrant a hospital visit.

In all scenarios the loss of GP surgeries may cause the standard of patient services, especially to those most vulnerable in communities and with time sensitive health issues, to decline.

This could lead to delays in access to service, which, in turn, could result in serious clinical mistakes. No-one wants that, especially if it could be avoided.

Sophie is a member of our specialist Medical Negligence and Multi Track Teams assisting with high value and complex catastrophic injury claims including brain and spinal injuries. She can be contacted at the details below.

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