The following is a selection of cases of alleged clinical negligence Dr Starr has reported on recently:
- Failure to diagnose an ectopic pregnancy in a 35 year old woman with a previous ectopic, resulting in surgery and the inability to conceive naturally.
- Failure to diagnose Crohn’s disease in a 16 year old girl, with the need for major abdominal surgery.
- Failure to diagnose cauda equina syndrome in a 53 year old man, with consequent loss of power in his legs.
- Failure to diagnose colonic polyps early enough, with major abdominal surgery then being necessary.
- Failure to refer a teenage boy to a neurologist early enough, with a late diagnosis of a brain tumour.
- Failure to refer a 42 year old man to a cardiologist, resulting in his death from a heart attack.
- Failure to notify the hospital of the referral of a 9 day old baby to the on-call team, with the resulting development of severe septicaemia.
- Failure to treat gangrenous toes fully, resulting in amputation. Failure to inform a 32 year old woman of her abnormal smear result, resulting in the development of cervical cancer.
- Failure to refer a 23 year old man with psychotic symptoms to psychiatry early enough with his resultant suicide.
- Failure to refer a 62 year old man to hospital soon enough, with his resulting death from a heart attack.
- Failure to diagnose lung cancer early enough in a 60 year old woman, who later died.
- Failure to refer a 32 year old pregnant woman to hospital with pre-eclampsia, with the baby subsequently developing cerebral palsy.
- Failure to refer a 32 year old woman to hospital with profound anaemia, later found to have a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis.
- Failure to refer a man to ophthalmology early enough, with resulting loss of vision in one eye from retinal detachment.
- Failure to investigate a persistent cough in a 71 year old man, with his subsequent death from tuberculosis.
The following is a case involving a severe heart attack. Dr Starr did not find a case for a breach of duty of care. The client, although disappointed, agreed with the findings and did not pursue the case further.