Cookie policy notice

By continuing to use this site you agree to our cookies policy below:
Since 26 May 2011, the law now states that cookies on websites can ony be used with your specific consent. Cookies allow us to ensure that you enjoy the best browsing experience.

This site is intended for health professionals only

At the heart of general practice since 1960

Threatening to counter-sue may fend off our tormentors

Competent doctors are increasingly at the mercy of frivolous claimants, as the experiences of Dr SF Timmins (Letter, July 7) and Dr Gerri McKeever (front page, June 30) illustrate clearly.

I believe the reason patients and no-win no-fee solicitors are able to walk all over us is that we have failed to organise ourselves in such a manner as to discourage frivolous complaints.

I have explored the possibility of instructing a legal firm to represent a large group of doctors to give legal redress in problems with builders, accountants, architects, solicitors or complainants ­ in short anyone who threatens a doctor's peace of mind.

It is evident the defence organisations are not interested in counter-suing patients as this will increase both their workload and expenditure. All we need is 100 or so doctors willing to put an annual subscription of £500 (which is of course fully tax-deductible) to buy the services of a reputable legal firm. It is my belief that the threat of counter-suing will stem the flow of frivolous complaints.

If any GPs are interested in joining such a legal indemnity service, please contact me.

Dr Vijay Kandampully



Rate this article 

Click to rate

  • 1 star out of 5
  • 2 stars out of 5
  • 3 stars out of 5
  • 4 stars out of 5
  • 5 stars out of 5

0 out of 5 stars

Have your say