A woman who lost her husband to rectal cancer is taking his GP to London’s High Court for £1.25 million after she claims there was a delay in the diagnosis.
The wife of the man, who was 41 years old when he died, says that when her husband visited his GP for an assessment, he was told that he was presenting symptoms of piles and was given the impression there was nothing seriously wrong. Her legal representatives say that the man was given a ‘simple visual examination’ and left believing that no more medical intervention was needed. The woman believes that he would have lived longer if the assessment had been carried out as it should have been.
After his diagnosis of stage four cancer in 2007 and following a course of chemotherapy the man, originally from Staffordshire, died in January 2009.
Defence lawyers for the GP say that the 41-year-old man’s condition would still have seen him die at the same tine and it would not have been significantly later. They said that it would not have been appropriate for a cancer diagnosis to have been made with the symptoms he had.
The widow said that her husband was an ‘amazing man’ with a very big heart who adored his family.
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Published 13th February 2015.