Average GP Appointment Time is 9.2 Minutes
GPs are often the first point of call if you are feeling unwell, and usually, the GP will be able to appropriately assess your illness and treat this accordingly. However, the limited length of a doctor’s appointment limits their ability to speak to you and examine you as thoroughly as you may wish.
According to a recent study by the British Medical Journal, the average appointment time in the UK is 9.2 minutes, with 2.5 problems being discussed on average. Significantly, the study suggests that only a small number of GPs feel that this is a sufficient length of time to enable them to undertake appointments and provide a good service.
Additionally, by the nature of their role, GPs will deal with a variety of conditions on a daily basis. As such, they cannot have in-depth expertise of all areas of medicine.
This combination of factors means that GPs can occasionally make mistakes when diagnosing, treating or referring patients. However, these errors may have potentially serious consequences, in particular in relation to illnesses that are more successfully treated with early intervention.
If an error by your GP does lead to a negative health outcome, then you may require compensation in order to rebuild your life or cover any lost earnings.
Any delays in reaching a diagnosis will mean that you have to live with the condition for longer and this can often have a knock-on effect on how quickly the correct treatment is started. In many cases, this can reduce the chances of the treatment being successful and may lead to a deterioration in the condition.
How Simpson Millar Can Help You
If you have received substandard medical care leading to an incorrect or delayed diagnosis and this has had a negative impact on your condition, then you may have a claim for compensation.
Claims for compensation against GPs can be complicated. It’s common for more than one GP to have been involved in your care and the relevant treatment provider will need to be carefully identified.
In addition, expert evidence will be required to establish what impact the delayed diagnosis had on your condition and whether earlier intervention would have actually made any difference.
At Simpson Millar, our Medical Negligence Solicitors have extensive experience of dealing with GP and Doctor Negligence Claims, and we have an excellent track record of recovering compensation for people who’ve been affected by mistakes and misdiagnosis by a GP.