Why Not Simple Negligence?
Originally Posted 23 November, 2006.
For over two years I have been telling doctors what is wrong with me. I have received only plattitudes, abuse and denial in return. Any attempt to investigate my problems leads to nothing because they all tell me in one way or another it can’t be what I say, look for something else, then scratch their heads. Or, a fruitful path gets trodden on – as apparantly is the case with the recent debacle at the Royal Brompton Hospital. It is this seemingly intentional denial of proper investigation of the serious physical injuries I suffer and the long standing compensations which I believe amounts to an effort to deny me of my right to health and consequently life.
Dangerous, lazy and wrong medical “opinion” and a subsequent lack of proper investigation and treatment has caused the decline of my health. Doctors have ignored me, ignored serious pathology, patronised me, belittled my physical injuries (severe two years ago when this began and now life threatening).
Dr Cowan at the RNOH in Stanmore was less than clever. He actually wrote letters to colleagues suggesting they should not investigate my problems because I was complaining about him. The GMC website helpfully states under its good medical practice section:”29. Patients who complain about the care or treatment they have received have a right to expect a prompt, open, constructive and honest response. This will include an explanation of what has happened, and where appropriate, an apology. You must not allow a patient’s complaint to prejudice the care or treatment you provide or arrange for that patient.”
“You must not allow a patient’s complaint to prejudice the care or treatment you provide or arrange for that patient” can not – in anyone’s eyes – be construed as compatible with letters to colleagues earlier asked to investigate my problems that say, in effect, “Dear Chap, This old bugger has the cheek to complain so I don’t think you should treat him”.