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#IamHadiza: GPs share stories of when it could have been them

’A sodium chloride drip would probably have saved him’

'A sodium chloride drip would probably have saved him’ 


'A colleague told me they happened to have checked a patient’s notes for something and they realised I had forgotten to send a 2 week wait urgent cancer referral form’ 


'I inexplicably sent him to a medical rather than a surgical ward where he almost exsanguinated… he survived, no thanks to me’ 


'I will never forget the scream from his daughter as he arrested in front of her in a cubicle' 


'I agreed it was a viral rash. The patient was later admitted with meningococcal septicaemia' 


'I diagnosed probable chest infection. Later that evening he was admitted with heart failure due to a myocardial infarction' 


'The list was unrelenting. And I overdosed a baby with antibiotics' 


'A baby on special care did not have blood results monitored properly and when eventually checked the bilirubin level was found to be extremely high' 


'A series of clinical errors involving several clinicians, together with the pressure of inadequate staffing levels leading to rushed care, had resulted in an avoidable death. It haunts me to this day' 


'A&E wanted the drunk patient out. After sobering up in the morning, the patient still had focal neurology. An MRI scan revealed a spinal cord lesion' 


'I was suturing up an episiotomy only having seen one done before. The stitches fell apart the next day'


'She had had serious type 1 reactions before and this incorrect information could have led to her death' 


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Readers' comments (25)

  • audios are very good . I am sure every one has regretted at least one decision which went wrong. me included

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  • We are all propping up a failing system which when it lets us down the establishment will lynch anyone of us like they did to this unfortunate Paediatric Reg.There but for the grace of God go I.Stop reflecting, non co-operation all the way.

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  • Let the person who has never erred come forward please. Victimising a colleague for a serious error but letting system-wide problems unpunished is wrong, no matter what the law of the land says. The GMC needs to have a good look at themselves and decide whom do they serve: justice or political puppet masters.

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  • Vinci Ho

    I have no doubts GMC had no idea , whatsoever, how we would have reacted when it decided to challenge MPTS original decision in order to strike our colleague, Dr. Bawa-Garba, off the list .
    The reaction is so strong as it simply follows the rule of action and reaction in Issac Newton’s laws of physics .
    Thanks to everybody willing to take one small step building up to a hugh , resounding response.

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  • #me too

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  • I am so embarrassed by my stupid mistakes

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  • Just Your Average Joe

    Vote no confidence in GMC management - resignations for all involved in challenging the MPTS decision.

    They have brought the medical profession into chaos and disrepute.

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  • The defence organisations and BMA have the power to advise junior doctors to refuse to work shifts if they turn up and the rota is understaffed or if inadequate senior cover is present AND THAT If the doctor chooses to work in this situation ( for the sake of their patients )they must have a signed waiver by Mr Hunt, the chief executive of the hospital and the GMC that they will not be held criminally responsible for any errors or omissions which occur on that shift BEFORE UNDERTAKING ANY PATIENT CARE . In addition all patients and/or their families should be informed ,in writing ,that this is the situation for their shift and given the phone number of the chief executive of the hospital should they be unhappy with the risks being taken . Junior doctors committee should start a petition to parliament to debate this .

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  • Just stop paying GMC wages ( fees)

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  • NHS is failing. The doctors are made the scapegoats.
    You have to speak to patients or their families - why they did not receive the best treatment they are entitled to as they are paying their National Insurance.

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