Widow speaks out after six-figure settlement of clinical negligence claim
Following the six-figure settlement of a clinical negligence claim resulting from the death of her 48-year-old husband, an Essex widow has been speaking to the UK press regarding his medical treatment.
Isabelle Wingrove has described how Primecare, a privately-owned out-of-hours GP service, twice refused to make a home visit when her husband, Jeffery, collapsed with stroke symptoms in 2006. Paramedics who were later called then diagnosed his condition as vertigo. It was only revealed that this was a misdiagnosis when the man was taken to hospital in great pain the next day, where he died from the damage caused by the stroke.
The clinical negligence lawyer who had represented Mrs Wingrove called it "a terrible case", underlining the fact that the claimant had made three attempts to seek help for her husband and had been let down each time.
The claim was settled last month by the East of England Ambulance Service and the GP, who is believed to have left Primecare. It has been reported that the family now intends to lodge a complaint with the General Medical Council about the GP.
None of the NHS bodies involved in the clinical negligence claim would comment directly on the case, but a spokesperson for the Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust offered reassurance that its contract arrangements were robust enough to provide "safe and effective care."