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GP Negligence

General Practitioner Negligence – An Overview

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) have analysed the GP Patient Survey results published in December 2013 and have stated General Practices, in England, are now seeing a combined 340 million patient visits a year. That is an estimated 40 million more patient visits than 5 years previously.

Unfortunately the increase in patient visits over the last 5 years has also come at a time when there has been a reduction in funding. The resources of the General Practice are further stretched by an ageing and growing population. All these factors have put huge demands on the General Practices across the country.

GP’s look after the day to day health problems of the patients in their practice and are at the frontline of patient care.

Whilst your GP’s role is to manage and treat many of the ailments you may have they are also relied upon to identify when you should be referred to a specialist who has the required knowledge to treat you.

Unfortunately mistakes can happen and when they do the effects can be devastating.

In order to bring a successful Negligence Claim against your GP you have to prove two things. Firstly, you have to prove that your GP acted in a way that their peers would not have done. This is known as the Breach of Duty or Care.

Secondly, once the Breach of Duty of Care has been established you then have to show that the injuries you suffered are either the result of, or have been negatively impacted, by this Breach. This is known as Causation.

If you believe you have a claim for negligence against your GP within the last 3 years then please contact us now. Click Here!, fill in our enquiry form on this page or telephone us on 01244 659404 or 0900 0857777.

Types of GP Claims

As your GP can be involved in so many aspects of your healthcare there are many different errors which can occur. They can be broadly broken down into one of the following categories.

  • A misdiagnosis or failure to diagnose
  • A delay in or a failure to provide treatment, or provision of incorrect treatment
  • A delay in or failure to refer to a specialist
  • Prescription Errors – please Click Here! for more information

Ongoing Care

Bringing a claim for negligence against your GP can be stressful process and it can raise concerns that your GP may refuse to treat you, this can obviously be a concern if you are in the middle of treatment with your GP. Your GP cannot refuse to treat you if you are bringing a claim against them however in most cases we deal with the patient has already lost faith in their GP and has made the decision to change practices or doctors.

GP Negligence – Making a Claim

It can be daunting to consider bringing a claim for negligence against your GP but shortfalls in funding and increased number of patient visits each year have put pressure on GP’s across the country and consequently the number of claims are also rising.

At The Roland Partnership we will advise and support you throughout the claim, we will be with you every step of the way.

Medical Negligence claims against GP’s have time limits in which you can bring them, this is known as the Limitation Period, the general rule is that Court proceedings for medical negligence must be commenced within 3 years from when you knew, or could reasonably have known that you have suffered injury as a result of the fault of another.

Following the enactment of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) in 2012, the rules determining the type of cases eligible for Legal Aid (Public Funding) were amended from the 1 April 2014.

Legal Aid is now only available to children who have suffered a neurological injury before, during or shortly after their birth. So it will only be a small percentage of claims against GP’s that Legal Aid funding will still be available.

At The Roland Partnership we are one of the few firms in England and Wales authorised to apply for Legal Aid Funding for a Clinical Negligence case on your behalf.

In the absence of Legal Aid funding, or any other pre-existing cover you may have, we can offer a “No Win- No Fee” agreement. We will of course discuss this with you in detail at the time to make sure you are comfortable with the agreement, but suffice it to say that you do not need to worry if your claim is unsuccessful we will not charge you for our time nor will you be liable for your opponents costs.

We offer a free, no obligation discussion regarding your claim, as many and as lengthy as we need to establish your claim. We will discuss with you the merits of your claim and review any documentation you may have without any cost to yourself.

Please complete our enquiry form, Click Here! or contact us on 01244 659404 or 0800 0857777.


Mr L received £2,100,000 after suffering cerebal palsy as a result of medical negligence. The first liability expert had advised there was no breach of duty of care, so the case was passed on to The Roland Partnership's eminent causation expert. The defendants vigorously denied liability and The Roland Partnership's expert said it was one of the most difficult cases he had dealt with. The claim was settled shortly before trial.

An eight year old boy received £1,500,000 through The Roland Partnership after receiving serious injuries whilst waiting at a bus stop. Two cars crashed into the bus stop, causing it to collapse onto him, leaving him with personality changes and weakness on one side.

Mrs M was knocked down by a car when crossing a road. She was partly responsible for the accident, having run out into the road without first checking it was safe to do so. Nevertheless, she received over £1,100,000 after representation by The Roland Partnership.