Medical Mistake Claims - Simpson Millar LLP

"Harm" Caused by Negligent Cancer Consultant

Author: Neil Fearn  Bullet  Dated: 17/10/2014

Paul Miller, former consultant at East Surrey Hospital, has been sacked for causing "harm" to his former cancer patients. He will now be formally investigated by the General Medical Council (GMC), the body responsible for taking action against medical professionals who fall below the required standard.

27 Patients Suffered "Harm"

The investigation found that Miller mismanaged the care of his prostate and bladder cancer patients between 2006 and 2013 following complaints received in November last year. In this time he had treated 1,200 patients and out of those 27 suffered "harm" according to an external panel of urologists and an analysis of each patient's clinical history.

Since the discovery, 5 patients have died, but the trust have said it "wouldn't be correct" to say they passed away as a result of the mismanagement of their treatment.

When a patient is diagnosed with cancer, their consultant is supposed to offer them a range of treatments appropriate for their condition. For prostate and bladder cancer, there is a range of options open to the patient which they can choose based on their prognosis. All forms of treatment should be fully explained so the best decision can be made. The accusation suggested that Mr Miller did not give all the options to his patients and may have put pressure on them to choose certain options over another.

Questions were also raised as to whether the full ranges of consequences concerning each treatment were explained, and therefore they may not have received definitive treatment.

Survival is Inherently Linked to Treatment

Statistically, 8 out of 10 men now survive prostate cancer, and 7 in 10 survive the disease for at least 10 years following their diagnosis according to Cancer Research UK. These figures show how important diagnosis and the following treatment can be to survival rates.

Letters have been sent to the 27 patients and their families so they can consider if compensation is something they would wish to pursue. Compensation won't be able to turn back time, but it can help to put you in a more favourable position now.

For patients or families of patients that have any concerns or have received a letter, a helpline has been set up to take their calls.

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