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A GP has been left in limbo

after learning she will have to wait up to six months for a verdict on claims she missed a diagnosis of meningitis.

Dr Fiona Vernon, a GP in Thornhill, Dumfriesshire, underwent a seven-hour court ordeal last week after being sued for £300,000 by the children of a patient who died from meningitis in 1999.

But the court of session in Edinburgh has run out of time to complete her case and will not be able to reconvene until April 19 at the earliest.

Dr Vernon, who is a GP trainer, had already endured a 15-month delay waiting for the court case to begin. She told Pulse: 'Six months is a drop in the ocean compared with how long this has all gone on for, but I've been told that's how long it could take.'

Since her court ordeal, Dr Vernon has been inundated with messages from well-wishers. She said: 'I would like to thank all the colleagues and patients who have supported me because that is what really matters.'

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