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Man whose tumour went untreated loses negligence battle

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 03 February 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:276
  1. Dyer Clare, legal correspondent
  1. BMJ

    A man with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma whose tumour spread and went untreated for nine months—after a GP had negligently diagnosed a lipoma and failed to refer him to hospital—lost a long legal battle in the House of Lords last week.

    The Medical Defence Union, which fought the case on behalf of the doctor, hailed the result as a “landmark victory.” Had it not won, the union said, “the case would have seen the erosion of a fundamental principle in clinical negligence law, with serious implications for UK clinicians.” It might have led to a massive increase in compensation claims, they warned.

    In November 1994 the patient, Malcolm Gregg, …

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