A general practitioner or more popularly known as GP is a medical professional who treats chronic as well as acute illnesses and also provides health education and preventative care to his patients of both sexes and all ages. The general practitioners are skilled in a variety of sections of the medical field and they are skilled to provide primary treatment of a variety of illnesses.
General practitioners are the ones that people give a visit to when they experience symptoms of an illness. The general practitioner then carries out a thorough check up of their patients and makes a diagnosis of their condition and if there is something in the diagnosis that needs special attention of an expert or a specialist doctor, the GP will refer their patients to the appropriate individual.
General practitioners are generally very capable and they treat their patients with utmost care but mistakes can happen sometimes. A general practitioner sees over 100 patients every week and they hardly get a few minutes to see each patient. In such an overworked environment, chances for making mistakes are a lot higher.
When the general practitioner is not able to do a correct diagnosis of their patient or does wrong treatment because they could not do the proper diagnosis, the patient suffers because of their GP. In such a situation due to wrong treatment or diagnosis the patient’s health can deteriorate and the patient can suffer short term as well long term consequences. If you or your loved one has suffered because of the negligent or maltreatment of your/their general practitioner, you must get in touch with a solicitor and file medical negligence claims against the medical professional at fault.