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The On Call Room, The Doctors Association UK, NHS Million and GP Survival have come together in a united front to support Dr Philip Mitchell and his family, as well as to campaign on the effects of this judgement for the whole profession. We understand that young people born with a disability can have many challenges to overcome and the need for financial help. However, we have great concerns about the implications of this judgement as to how it may promote defensive medicine and the possible negative effects of it on the future of the doctor-patient relationship.

The full legal case can be read here.

As to lessons learned, this is a reminder to medical practitioners of the need to take clear and detailed notes of their consultations. Without the evidence of a clear and contemporaneous note of the consultation to substantiate the doctor’s version of events, such claims are often difficult to defend – this is the case even when a doctor is adamant they would have followed their usual and routine practice which is deemed not to be negligent. It is also imperative that doctors ensure their patients understand the advice they are being given and that any patient’s questions and answers given are recorded.

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Update 6/12/2021 from Dr Mitchell:

For anyone following #IAmPhilipMitchell, here is his voice, ready to be heard:

‘It is now a week since I learned of the judge’s verdict and ruling following the trial. I have been really touched by and so very appreciative of the kind words of support posted on the wall by colleagues and interested members of the public. I am fortunate to be in such a strong position benefitting from a caring family, friends and a supportive work place. The last five years have been difficult for a number of reasons both professionally and personally, however in the last 12 months I have found a satisfaction at work that I thought I would never appreciate again despite the looming trial. Reflecting on this, I have re-examined my own motives and values that underpin my professional and personal beliefs. I recognise that it remains a rare privilege in this society to be in a job where mutual trust remains not only vital for the health of a care system but also to my sense of satisfaction. I sincerely hope that the ruling last week will not have a negative impact on the complex trust relationship that exists within every consultation that is essential for a caring and compassionate health service.’

Dr Philip Mitchell

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Graham Johnson from Lichfield wrote on December 15, 2021 at 1:44 pm
We have been discussing this situation and you a lot at work. I hope you get the support you need and are able to successfully appeal this.
We have been discussing this situation and you a lot at work. I hope you get the support you need and are able to successfully appeal this.
Paul V from Perth wrote on December 12, 2021 at 3:33 pm
With every passing day, I feel relieved that I no longer practice in the UK! Oz is a much better place to practice. I recommend to not only Dr Mitchell, but any other colleagues reading this to consider moving to Australia. Consider this a warning to colleagues who cant see the reading on the wall!
With every passing day, I feel relieved that I no longer practice in the UK! Oz is a much better place to practice. I recommend to not only Dr Mitchell, but any other colleagues reading this to consider moving to Australia. Consider this a warning to colleagues who cant see the reading on the wall!
Catherine A from Edinburgh wrote on December 11, 2021 at 12:19 pm
I was astounded to hear the verdict. I'm sorry you are in this very stressful situation. Best wishes to you and your family
I was astounded to hear the verdict. I'm sorry you are in this very stressful situation. Best wishes to you and your family
Rose Jenkins from Barnet wrote on December 9, 2021 at 1:37 pm
Evie Toombes is clearly a very talented and driven young woman who is an inspirational figure to others with disabilities. I therefore find it even sadder that someone like her has chosen to take this kind of legal action. The only clear lessons to be learnt from this case are that doctors need to practise defensive medicine. How many bright, kind and enthusiastic young people and doctors are now choosing not to pursue a career in medicine or general practice out of the fear of litigation? Having spoken with several colleagues about this case I know that most of us have been rattled by it. So sad 🙁
Evie Toombes is clearly a very talented and driven young woman who is an inspirational figure to others with disabilities. I therefore find it even sadder that someone like her has chosen to take this kind of legal action. The only clear lessons to be learnt from this case are that doctors need to practise defensive medicine. How many bright, kind and enthusiastic young people and doctors are now choosing not to pursue a career in medicine or general practice out of the fear of litigation? Having spoken with several colleagues about this case I know that most of us have been rattled by it. So sad 🙁
Linda Whitworth from Preston wrote on December 9, 2021 at 8:18 am
Scary times - this could have been any one of us. If we wrote notes to the detail they suggest to cover us legally we’d need an hour per patient. So sorry you’ve had to go through this - keep looking after yourself.
Scary times - this could have been any one of us. If we wrote notes to the detail they suggest to cover us legally we’d need an hour per patient. So sorry you’ve had to go through this - keep looking after yourself.
Christine O’Connor from Belfast wrote on December 8, 2021 at 9:30 pm
I don’t have any words really to convey how sorry I am to hear about the ruling in this specific case. As a doctor this makes me really upset and scared for my future. We are all here with a wholehearted mission to serve our community, and to ‘first do no harm’. Dr Phillip Mitchell - please know we are all standing with you and we see you. Praying for you and your family 💕
I don’t have any words really to convey how sorry I am to hear about the ruling in this specific case. As a doctor this makes me really upset and scared for my future. We are all here with a wholehearted mission to serve our community, and to ‘first do no harm’. Dr Phillip Mitchell - please know we are all standing with you and we see you. Praying for you and your family 💕
San San Oo from Carmarthen wrote on December 8, 2021 at 7:32 am
NHS is free health care. No wonder nobody wants to be a doctor and you all have to pay for the any little health care. Please stay strong and look after yourself Dr. Mitchell, you've got our back. May you be healthy, happy, , free-from danger and intimidations
NHS is free health care. No wonder nobody wants to be a doctor and you all have to pay for the any little health care. Please stay strong and look after yourself Dr. Mitchell, you've got our back. May you be healthy, happy, , free-from danger and intimidations
Louise Seymour from SHEFFIELD wrote on December 8, 2021 at 7:26 am
Sending best wishes & strength to you, this judgement is so very wrong. You continue to do the profession proud with your dignity & decorum in the most challenging of circumstances. I know the wheels of justice turn slowly (+ take a huge personal toll whilst doing so) but I hope you eventually get a fair outcome for both yourself and all of us in the medical profession. (+ You know something is very wrong with a judgement when medical online forums AND Daily Mail readers in the comments are united in their view on this!) Best wishes Sir
Sending best wishes & strength to you, this judgement is so very wrong. You continue to do the profession proud with your dignity & decorum in the most challenging of circumstances. I know the wheels of justice turn slowly (+ take a huge personal toll whilst doing so) but I hope you eventually get a fair outcome for both yourself and all of us in the medical profession. (+ You know something is very wrong with a judgement when medical online forums AND Daily Mail readers in the comments are united in their view on this!) Best wishes Sir
Unnikrishnan MP from Thrissur District, Kerala State, India wrote on December 8, 2021 at 12:22 am
Strange and unfortunate verdict. This ruling will help only to spoil a noble profession and will demoralise all clinicians. I strongly support you doctor
Strange and unfortunate verdict. This ruling will help only to spoil a noble profession and will demoralise all clinicians. I strongly support you doctor
SANJEEV GARG from Doncaster wrote on December 7, 2021 at 10:38 pm
Beyond belief! Evie and family deserve empathy and help. However, scapegoating an individual for something without any iota of evidence of direct or indirect causation... Lost for words!! We are all with you Dr Mitchell...it could be anyone of us, anyday now or 20 year down the line... However I am positive this will only lead to greater good for medicine, otherwise this profession would simply become impossible to practice...this must go to appeal...time for introspection for the material society we live in...rethink our values... and where are we heading to...blame claim has never saved or nurtured a single life but will surely deprive many more deserving unfortunate patient like Evie.
Beyond belief! Evie and family deserve empathy and help. However, scapegoating an individual for something without any iota of evidence of direct or indirect causation... Lost for words!! We are all with you Dr Mitchell...it could be anyone of us, anyday now or 20 year down the line... However I am positive this will only lead to greater good for medicine, otherwise this profession would simply become impossible to practice...this must go to appeal...time for introspection for the material society we live in...rethink our values... and where are we heading to...blame claim has never saved or nurtured a single life but will surely deprive many more deserving unfortunate patient like Evie.
F Tahera from London wrote on December 7, 2021 at 10:12 pm
I am so sorry this has happened to you, I can't believe this ruling went through and I hope it can be appealed. As a GP trainee myself we support you and I hope it gets better.
I am so sorry this has happened to you, I can't believe this ruling went through and I hope it can be appealed. As a GP trainee myself we support you and I hope it gets better.
Chris Wood from Louth, Lincs wrote on December 7, 2021 at 8:04 pm
As a retired nurse with nearly 40yrs experience, I find this quite unsettling to say the least. I feel desperately sad for Dr Mitchell and sincerely hope he appeals this case. All the very best for the future, hold your head high and look the world proudly in the eye.
As a retired nurse with nearly 40yrs experience, I find this quite unsettling to say the least. I feel desperately sad for Dr Mitchell and sincerely hope he appeals this case. All the very best for the future, hold your head high and look the world proudly in the eye.
Rahaf Elgonaid from Reading wrote on December 7, 2021 at 5:07 pm
We are all behind you. This is a very unfair situation and anyone could have been in your position. Stay strong and positive. We would all support you all the way.
We are all behind you. This is a very unfair situation and anyone could have been in your position. Stay strong and positive. We would all support you all the way.
Amina from Southampton wrote on December 7, 2021 at 1:22 pm
Please , look after yourself and stay strong through this awful , awful situation you've been faced with. I hope you have good support around you. If not please reach out and know so many medical professionals are behind you. It could have easily been ANY of us. And thanks to this ruling , most definitely will. When I go through any unpleasant times, I remind myself that nothing lasts forever, even bad and difficult times! I am absolutely shocked of the result of this trial! How disappointing, damaging, depressing and short sighted for the future of medical practice, doctor-patient relationship , trust A condition that could have NOT been prevented by folic acid. Even though advice to take folic acid was given , but NOT EMPHASISED ENOUGH! even if not relevant to the diagnosis. The fact that this case even made it to court is beyond ridiculous. How was it allowed to conceptualise such a case, agree to take it forward, accept it in court ! and then have this outcome with all implied consequences for the GP and the rest of medical profession. Just imagine a diabetic who lost eyesight because GP failed to emphasise enough on one occasion out of hundreds that this could happen, or a cancer patient who suffered because it was not diagnosed on first appointment ; the mothers who drank alcohol, smoked in early pregnancies who had affected babies as a direct consequence ! You name it! ANYTHING can come through with this ridiculous ruling. Not only GPs , all doctors and medical professionals will be affected! Not by their direct patients only, but their relatives too. Brace yourselves! They talk about careful documentation. 10 min consultation. there is no time allocated for writing up notes. ! not in all important, carefully worded... Read more
Please , look after yourself and stay strong through this awful , awful situation you've been faced with. I hope you have good support around you. If not please reach out and know so many medical professionals are behind you. It could have easily been ANY of us. And thanks to this ruling , most definitely will. When I go through any unpleasant times, I remind myself that nothing lasts forever, even bad and difficult times! I am absolutely shocked of the result of this trial! How disappointing, damaging, depressing and short sighted for the future of medical practice, doctor-patient relationship , trust A condition that could have NOT been prevented by folic acid. Even though advice to take folic acid was given , but NOT EMPHASISED ENOUGH! even if not relevant to the diagnosis. The fact that this case even made it to court is beyond ridiculous. How was it allowed to conceptualise such a case, agree to take it forward, accept it in court ! and then have this outcome with all implied consequences for the GP and the rest of medical profession. Just imagine a diabetic who lost eyesight because GP failed to emphasise enough on one occasion out of hundreds that this could happen, or a cancer patient who suffered because it was not diagnosed on first appointment ; the mothers who drank alcohol, smoked in early pregnancies who had affected babies as a direct consequence ! You name it! ANYTHING can come through with this ridiculous ruling. Not only GPs , all doctors and medical professionals will be affected! Not by their direct patients only, but their relatives too. Brace yourselves! They talk about careful documentation. 10 min consultation. there is no time allocated for writing up notes. ! not in all important, carefully worded details to save you in court! Impossible. Shall we force patients do what we advise? we can check understanding, but can't control much else in a corpus mentus patient. Finally decision is not ours ! We are doctors, we are trained to care and heal not in legal defence from the very people we are caring for! Absolute shame and a proper stab in the back. This case must be heard on an appeal and have its result overturned. Please don't give up, appeal for you and the rest of medical professionals. .
Helen from Wolverhampton wrote on December 7, 2021 at 11:41 am
I really can’t get my head around this judgement and it makes me fearful for the future of our profession. I really hope common sense will prevail if/when you appeal. I hope that you are getting comfort knowing how much support there is for you Dr Mitchell. I wish you and your family well.
I really can’t get my head around this judgement and it makes me fearful for the future of our profession. I really hope common sense will prevail if/when you appeal. I hope that you are getting comfort knowing how much support there is for you Dr Mitchell. I wish you and your family well.
Irum Tufail wrote on December 7, 2021 at 9:29 am
I read your response the other day Dr Mitchell and the grace with which you replied to the whole debacle is so impressive. Sending you strength, know that the whole medical body is behind you and support you.
I read your response the other day Dr Mitchell and the grace with which you replied to the whole debacle is so impressive. Sending you strength, know that the whole medical body is behind you and support you.
Ajoy from London wrote on December 7, 2021 at 8:52 am
There are so many things wrong about this that it is impossible to describe in this small window. However, the grace and dignity of your voice is an inspiration. Respect Dt Mitchell.
There are so many things wrong about this that it is impossible to describe in this small window. However, the grace and dignity of your voice is an inspiration. Respect Dt Mitchell.
Zofia wrote on December 7, 2021 at 7:29 am
I am so sorry that you have had to go through this, I hope you are okay and am glad to read from your message above that you have good support around you.
I am so sorry that you have had to go through this, I hope you are okay and am glad to read from your message above that you have good support around you.
Victoria Savage from Leeds wrote on December 7, 2021 at 2:26 am
We do stand with you & our hearts go out to you to be the victim of such an unjust & unbelievable legal ruling. I hope and pray common sense & evidence will soon overturn this & it does not undermine the years of diligent caring service you have evidently given, demonstrated by your thoughtful words & concern for the sanctimony of the dr-patient relationship. Be strong. We are ALL with you 🙏🏻
We do stand with you & our hearts go out to you to be the victim of such an unjust & unbelievable legal ruling. I hope and pray common sense & evidence will soon overturn this & it does not undermine the years of diligent caring service you have evidently given, demonstrated by your thoughtful words & concern for the sanctimony of the dr-patient relationship. Be strong. We are ALL with you 🙏🏻
Yun Xin Koh from Liverpool wrote on December 7, 2021 at 12:15 am
Stay strong ,Dr Mitchell ! This is just ridiculous , this can happen to any of us! You have all our support , take care.
Stay strong ,Dr Mitchell ! This is just ridiculous , this can happen to any of us! You have all our support , take care.
Gbemisola David-West from Oxford wrote on December 7, 2021 at 12:04 am
Just to say the whole professional body is behind you during this difficult time. As an O&G Reg working in an already highly litigious environment, this case brings so much fear for what my future holds in this specialty, and sets a very dangerous precedent. Stay strong.
Just to say the whole professional body is behind you during this difficult time. As an O&G Reg working in an already highly litigious environment, this case brings so much fear for what my future holds in this specialty, and sets a very dangerous precedent. Stay strong.
Sarah Goulding from Warwick wrote on December 6, 2021 at 11:25 pm
We are you and we are with you. We will follow what happens next and will strongly support you in any appeal. This does not pass common sense criteria, nor a verdict by a jury of your peers. I do hope common sense prevails, acknowledging the huge distress of all parties involved.
We are you and we are with you. We will follow what happens next and will strongly support you in any appeal. This does not pass common sense criteria, nor a verdict by a jury of your peers. I do hope common sense prevails, acknowledging the huge distress of all parties involved.
Claire Sillitoe from London wrote on December 6, 2021 at 11:21 pm
Just wanted to wish you, your family & your colleagues well. I want to to you the huge support that is growing around you. From your statement you sound like a wonderful GP & what happened to you could happen to any one of us. I am SO sorry it happened to you but am so glad that you are so well supported & can see the light at the other side of the tunnel. Your colleagues have your back. Take care Philip
Just wanted to wish you, your family & your colleagues well. I want to to you the huge support that is growing around you. From your statement you sound like a wonderful GP & what happened to you could happen to any one of us. I am SO sorry it happened to you but am so glad that you are so well supported & can see the light at the other side of the tunnel. Your colleagues have your back. Take care Philip
Rachel Rummery from Derby wrote on December 6, 2021 at 11:04 pm
We’re all with you on this.
We’re all with you on this.
Dhanasari from Jakarta Indonesia wrote on December 6, 2021 at 10:20 pm
All we understand that medicine is an art. There are some risks and trigger to have a particular disease. Be strong doc. God knew who wasn't wrong.
All we understand that medicine is an art. There are some risks and trigger to have a particular disease. Be strong doc. God knew who wasn't wrong.
Lauren white from Birmingham wrote on December 6, 2021 at 10:13 pm
What kind words. I am sure you are an excellent GP. I stand with you and send support to you and your family.
What kind words. I am sure you are an excellent GP. I stand with you and send support to you and your family.
David Sellu from London wrote on December 6, 2021 at 9:59 pm
I was hugely disappointed to read this judgment. Of course Evie and her family deserve sympathy and support but to hold Dr Mitchell responsible for her being born with spina bifida is simply beyond belief. This is another case in which medicine is endowed with magical powers - folic acid does not prevent spina bifida but simply helps to reduce the chances of its occurrence. In any case, as has been pointed out, folic acid has no effect on the type of spina bifida that Evie suffered. In a case in which I was involved, the judge pronounced that two doses of antibiotics, given empirically without the benefit of culture results, would have PREVENTED the patient from dying. People would be forgiven for believing that we now have a cure for spina bifida and sepsis respectively but this is of course far from the reality. We must all stand firm with Dr Mitchell at this trying time for him and his family.
I was hugely disappointed to read this judgment. Of course Evie and her family deserve sympathy and support but to hold Dr Mitchell responsible for her being born with spina bifida is simply beyond belief. This is another case in which medicine is endowed with magical powers - folic acid does not prevent spina bifida but simply helps to reduce the chances of its occurrence. In any case, as has been pointed out, folic acid has no effect on the type of spina bifida that Evie suffered. In a case in which I was involved, the judge pronounced that two doses of antibiotics, given empirically without the benefit of culture results, would have PREVENTED the patient from dying. People would be forgiven for believing that we now have a cure for spina bifida and sepsis respectively but this is of course far from the reality. We must all stand firm with Dr Mitchell at this trying time for him and his family.
Ceri wrote on December 6, 2021 at 9:56 pm
I am appalled and saddened by this judgement. For a junior doctor like myself it really only serves to cause anxiety and put me off choosing general practice as a career option. Sorry that you have had to go through this.
I am appalled and saddened by this judgement. For a junior doctor like myself it really only serves to cause anxiety and put me off choosing general practice as a career option. Sorry that you have had to go through this.
Eleanor Barrett from Leeds wrote on December 6, 2021 at 9:07 pm
Dear Dr Michell We stand with you as one profession. It is hard to not feel a deep sense of fear and depression on reading the ruling. However your statement that you have a renewed satisfaction in your work in spite of these events, sets a path for us all to follow.
Dear Dr Michell We stand with you as one profession. It is hard to not feel a deep sense of fear and depression on reading the ruling. However your statement that you have a renewed satisfaction in your work in spite of these events, sets a path for us all to follow.
Asifa from Dewsbury wrote on December 6, 2021 at 9:01 pm
I am so sorry that you have had to go through this. I can only imagine what kind of an impact this must have had on you personally and professionally. Please know that you have our utmost respect and support.
I am so sorry that you have had to go through this. I can only imagine what kind of an impact this must have had on you personally and professionally. Please know that you have our utmost respect and support.
Lee from London wrote on December 6, 2021 at 8:36 pm
I propose we should have minimum 15-20min consultation. it is not possible to go through, data gathering, management, explore concerns and risk and benefit within 10min consultation. This is really a step backwards in medicine. At a time when the nhs is constantly cutting cost, this ruling will encourage doctors to practice defensive medicine. I for one will be ordering more scans, blood tests and make more referrals to hospitals.
I propose we should have minimum 15-20min consultation. it is not possible to go through, data gathering, management, explore concerns and risk and benefit within 10min consultation. This is really a step backwards in medicine. At a time when the nhs is constantly cutting cost, this ruling will encourage doctors to practice defensive medicine. I for one will be ordering more scans, blood tests and make more referrals to hospitals.
Rehanna Chaudhary from Doncaster wrote on December 6, 2021 at 8:31 pm
The fact that there are so many messages in such a short space is a testament that we are all standing with you. I can't imagine what you have gone through. Please do consider an appeal , this has such massive implications for every one of us. General practice is already on it's knees. Very happy to contribute to any crowd funding set up to support an appeal.
The fact that there are so many messages in such a short space is a testament that we are all standing with you. I can't imagine what you have gone through. Please do consider an appeal , this has such massive implications for every one of us. General practice is already on it's knees. Very happy to contribute to any crowd funding set up to support an appeal.
Dr E Croton from Birmingham wrote on December 6, 2021 at 8:30 pm
This is a greatly concerning judgment for both doctors and patients I do hope common sense prevails here
This is a greatly concerning judgment for both doctors and patients I do hope common sense prevails here
Amanda Griffiths from Chudleigh wrote on December 6, 2021 at 8:04 pm
I am so sorry for what you have gone through. Birth defects happen. It was never your fault. Stay strong sir. X
I am so sorry for what you have gone through. Birth defects happen. It was never your fault. Stay strong sir. X
Camille from London wrote on December 6, 2021 at 7:50 pm
What a crazy ruling, amazed by your composure, and wishing you all the best.
What a crazy ruling, amazed by your composure, and wishing you all the best.
Rosanne Murray from Glasgow wrote on December 6, 2021 at 7:41 pm
I still cannot comprehend the ruling and the many (incorrect in my view, nonscientific) assumptions made therein. It comes at a time of enormous pressure in general practice and is hugely concerning to all healthcare professionals working under pressure. Your advice and notes seemed perfectly reasonable for the time and I do not see how every GP can expand copious notes on every brief consultation and still get home to sleep! I hope you can appeal. I hoped your legal team would challenge the role of folate in LMM. I am impressed at your fortitude in the face of this and your ongoing dedication to your patients.
I still cannot comprehend the ruling and the many (incorrect in my view, nonscientific) assumptions made therein. It comes at a time of enormous pressure in general practice and is hugely concerning to all healthcare professionals working under pressure. Your advice and notes seemed perfectly reasonable for the time and I do not see how every GP can expand copious notes on every brief consultation and still get home to sleep! I hope you can appeal. I hoped your legal team would challenge the role of folate in LMM. I am impressed at your fortitude in the face of this and your ongoing dedication to your patients.
Jane Farndale from Hampshire wrote on December 6, 2021 at 7:38 pm
So very sorry you are going through this. Good wishes from a fellow GP
So very sorry you are going through this. Good wishes from a fellow GP
Nadia Fisher-Plum wrote on December 6, 2021 at 6:57 pm
I am sorry you have to go through this and we stand behind you. This verdict is unsettling for the whole profession and sets a worrying precedent. Stay strong.
I am sorry you have to go through this and we stand behind you. This verdict is unsettling for the whole profession and sets a worrying precedent. Stay strong.
Lauren Mecia from Howden wrote on December 6, 2021 at 6:51 pm
Standing with you in support
Standing with you in support
Dr Clare Singleton from Manchester wrote on December 6, 2021 at 4:46 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell, I am so sorry to hear what you have been through. We all support you and stand with you-this is a case that could have been any of us who work or have worked as a GP.
Dear Dr Mitchell, I am so sorry to hear what you have been through. We all support you and stand with you-this is a case that could have been any of us who work or have worked as a GP.
Idorenyin Nkantah from Coventry wrote on December 6, 2021 at 3:49 pm
We stand in support of you. This could have been any of us.
We stand in support of you. This could have been any of us.
Vidhya L wrote on December 6, 2021 at 3:37 pm
It is a travesty that a case like this has managed to reach the courts with judgement passed - on the basis of hypotheticals. As a community that relies on our patient’s trust and support, this will be a hard hit to both doctors and our patients. We stand behind you Dr Mitchell.. it could have been any one of us in your position and we all know it. You did not do anything unsafe or damaging to patient safety. I hope you consider an appeal!
It is a travesty that a case like this has managed to reach the courts with judgement passed - on the basis of hypotheticals. As a community that relies on our patient’s trust and support, this will be a hard hit to both doctors and our patients. We stand behind you Dr Mitchell.. it could have been any one of us in your position and we all know it. You did not do anything unsafe or damaging to patient safety. I hope you consider an appeal!
Hiba Peracha from Derby wrote on December 6, 2021 at 9:51 am
I cannot even believe that this case was allowed to be fought without any scientific basis. Surely this is an ‘act of God’ especially if the disability was not even caused by Folic Acid Deficiency. In retrospect, maybe she would have waited to conceive but would she really have waited?
I cannot even believe that this case was allowed to be fought without any scientific basis. Surely this is an ‘act of God’ especially if the disability was not even caused by Folic Acid Deficiency. In retrospect, maybe she would have waited to conceive but would she really have waited?
Eleanor from Bristol wrote on December 6, 2021 at 5:50 am
I am very disappointed and concerned on hearing the news of this judgement. Its implications are extremely challenging to our work as doctors. The profession stands behind you, Dr Mitchell. You must reach out should you need support.
I am very disappointed and concerned on hearing the news of this judgement. Its implications are extremely challenging to our work as doctors. The profession stands behind you, Dr Mitchell. You must reach out should you need support.
Zoe Shepherd from Orkney wrote on December 6, 2021 at 1:31 am
I am appalled at this completely unjust ruling. As a fellow GP I find this case very concerning and hope it can be resolved for you. Best wishes
I am appalled at this completely unjust ruling. As a fellow GP I find this case very concerning and hope it can be resolved for you. Best wishes
Kamal Sahu from Salt Lake City wrote on December 6, 2021 at 12:09 am
This is gross injustice. There was so less documentation 20 yrs ago. This will discourage doctors.
This is gross injustice. There was so less documentation 20 yrs ago. This will discourage doctors.
Shazeya from Manchester wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:40 pm
I am so sorry , this could happen to anyone of us. We are with you, this is unacceptable and we should all help you fight and overturn this .
I am so sorry , this could happen to anyone of us. We are with you, this is unacceptable and we should all help you fight and overturn this .
Azra Khan from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:29 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell, I’m so sorry this has happened to you, there really are no words it is simply unbelievable that something this ludicrous got this far, not to mention the implications it had for all of us. My heart goes out to you and honestly have done nothing but think of you the last few days. I’ve never considered leaving medicine as much as I have since reading about what has happened to you. Please gather yourself, gain strength for the people who are supporting you, us, and fight this with an appeal. Happy to help and contribute in any way. Best wishes, Azra (GP- north west London)
Dear Dr Mitchell, I’m so sorry this has happened to you, there really are no words it is simply unbelievable that something this ludicrous got this far, not to mention the implications it had for all of us. My heart goes out to you and honestly have done nothing but think of you the last few days. I’ve never considered leaving medicine as much as I have since reading about what has happened to you. Please gather yourself, gain strength for the people who are supporting you, us, and fight this with an appeal. Happy to help and contribute in any way. Best wishes, Azra (GP- north west London)
Chris wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:05 pm
Very dangerous precedent being set here. Shame you've had to be the one suffering. Stay strong, your whole profession is behind you.
Very dangerous precedent being set here. Shame you've had to be the one suffering. Stay strong, your whole profession is behind you.
Ify Odofin from Gloucestershire wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:57 pm
Sending love and light ! Lots of positive thoughts too❤️
Sending love and light ! Lots of positive thoughts too❤️
Dr Louise Dunn wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:27 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell I do hope you have lotsif supportive family and friends around you. Please know that there are many of us standing in your corner and that you are not alone. I wish you peace and strength.
Dear Dr Mitchell I do hope you have lotsif supportive family and friends around you. Please know that there are many of us standing in your corner and that you are not alone. I wish you peace and strength.
Elaine Figueiredo from Billingham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:05 pm
I am so sorry. This could be any of us, in your position. We stand with you.
I am so sorry. This could be any of us, in your position. We stand with you.
Bridget MacDonald from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 9:43 pm
This judgment seems completely wrong I have never understood why a patient can report an undocumented account of a consultation and it given MORE weight, indeed is acceptable in court, whereas a doctor (or other clinician) will not be believed if they give their account (if not documented). Likewise we all have set dialogues for repeat scenarios- when we say we always say x, or y - that is not admissible either. I know I have set scripts, I’ve done this for 30y and from time to time someone will smile and say “you know that’s word for word what you said a decade ago” And I’m a bit embarrassed because they are right.
This judgment seems completely wrong I have never understood why a patient can report an undocumented account of a consultation and it given MORE weight, indeed is acceptable in court, whereas a doctor (or other clinician) will not be believed if they give their account (if not documented). Likewise we all have set dialogues for repeat scenarios- when we say we always say x, or y - that is not admissible either. I know I have set scripts, I’ve done this for 30y and from time to time someone will smile and say “you know that’s word for word what you said a decade ago” And I’m a bit embarrassed because they are right.
Uma nath from Sunderland wrote on December 5, 2021 at 9:24 pm
I am sorry to hear this. Its is unjust. I feel so sad that doctors are under this sorr of relentless pressure. It makes me scared. I will be glad to retire. Wishing you strength and support.
I am sorry to hear this. Its is unjust. I feel so sad that doctors are under this sorr of relentless pressure. It makes me scared. I will be glad to retire. Wishing you strength and support.
Dr L Lumsden from Aberdeen wrote on December 5, 2021 at 9:21 pm
Shocked and saddened by this verdict. Thinking of you all, and hoping the professional solidarity offers some comfort.
Shocked and saddened by this verdict. Thinking of you all, and hoping the professional solidarity offers some comfort.
Eleanor from Surrey wrote on December 5, 2021 at 8:40 pm
This could be any of us and just shows the dire state of general practice in the UK. And people wonder why we leave! Personal responsibility should be taken by patients for their own health. So sorry you're going through this.
This could be any of us and just shows the dire state of general practice in the UK. And people wonder why we leave! Personal responsibility should be taken by patients for their own health. So sorry you're going through this.
Maeve Waldron from Limerick wrote on December 5, 2021 at 8:07 pm
Unfortunately this type of litigation is rife in Ireland and it is awful to see the same commence in the UK. Medics and HCP need to stand together or there will be no health service in years to come. Stay strong, they can't take away your integrity.
Unfortunately this type of litigation is rife in Ireland and it is awful to see the same commence in the UK. Medics and HCP need to stand together or there will be no health service in years to come. Stay strong, they can't take away your integrity.
Hemali from Woodford Green wrote on December 5, 2021 at 7:42 pm
I’m so upset. General practice is hard enough but to be punished for something that actually had little evidence to back it up is totally unfair. How does this make anyone want to be a GP? I do feel for this person but how can there be a guarantee of the conversation that took place, a guarantee that the mum was not already pregnant, a guarantee that more folic acid would have made a difference, a guarantee that she would not have been born with disabilities. We are human not gods.
I’m so upset. General practice is hard enough but to be punished for something that actually had little evidence to back it up is totally unfair. How does this make anyone want to be a GP? I do feel for this person but how can there be a guarantee of the conversation that took place, a guarantee that the mum was not already pregnant, a guarantee that more folic acid would have made a difference, a guarantee that she would not have been born with disabilities. We are human not gods.
Cian Nutt from Ulverston wrote on December 5, 2021 at 6:57 pm
This is an appalling decision and I’m sorry for the stress it will have put you under. The case should never have got anywhere near a courtroom.
This is an appalling decision and I’m sorry for the stress it will have put you under. The case should never have got anywhere near a courtroom.
Sasha wrote on December 5, 2021 at 6:08 pm
Many of your colleagues are i reckon quite ready to donate to a pot if you do appeal... I'm so sorry this is happening to you.
Many of your colleagues are i reckon quite ready to donate to a pot if you do appeal... I'm so sorry this is happening to you.
Chris Taggart from Coventry wrote on December 5, 2021 at 5:43 pm
We all feel for you in this unfair situation. As a GP since 1982 I know how thin GP recording was in the past as we could rely on following good practice. Preconception counselling was above and beyond what most GPs did! Take care of yourself. God bless. Chris
We all feel for you in this unfair situation. As a GP since 1982 I know how thin GP recording was in the past as we could rely on following good practice. Preconception counselling was above and beyond what most GPs did! Take care of yourself. God bless. Chris
Klara wrote on December 5, 2021 at 5:19 pm
Such a concerning judgement. Wishing you support and strength at this difficult time.
Such a concerning judgement. Wishing you support and strength at this difficult time.
Marian wrote on December 5, 2021 at 4:52 pm
This truly could have happened to any of us and I am so saddened that you have had to endure all the uncertainty and stress over the years. I am about to complete my training in GP and am genuinely sick worry about the implications for future practice across the board if this judgement stands. You have our full support
This truly could have happened to any of us and I am so saddened that you have had to endure all the uncertainty and stress over the years. I am about to complete my training in GP and am genuinely sick worry about the implications for future practice across the board if this judgement stands. You have our full support
Lisa Goff from Cambridge wrote on December 5, 2021 at 3:32 pm
The profession is behind you Dr Mitchell, it could have been any of us. I truly can’t believe this verdict, it is terrifying as a doctor and is really making me reconsider my career. Sending you and your family love and best wishes.
The profession is behind you Dr Mitchell, it could have been any of us. I truly can’t believe this verdict, it is terrifying as a doctor and is really making me reconsider my career. Sending you and your family love and best wishes.
Alisin from Coventry wrote on December 5, 2021 at 2:43 pm
Gross injustice. Be assured that this is nothing to do with you or your competence, but a symptom of the society that we live in. We all stand behind you.
Gross injustice. Be assured that this is nothing to do with you or your competence, but a symptom of the society that we live in. We all stand behind you.
Anna Malpas from Norwich wrote on December 5, 2021 at 2:40 pm
I’m appalled that this has happened to you, I cannot imagine how you are feeling at the moment. Please don’t let this define who you are and the years of service you’ve given to you patients during your career. I hope reading our messages of support and utter shock brings some comfort.
I’m appalled that this has happened to you, I cannot imagine how you are feeling at the moment. Please don’t let this define who you are and the years of service you’ve given to you patients during your career. I hope reading our messages of support and utter shock brings some comfort.
Ahmed Hamouda wrote on December 5, 2021 at 2:16 pm
The medical profession has been calling for reform of the way the legal system and courts are used in alleged medical negligence for many years. This case is an example of the failure of the legal system in that respect. Completely sympathize with you and hope you stay strong! Perhaps a landmark ruling in higher courts can shut this door once and for all.
The medical profession has been calling for reform of the way the legal system and courts are used in alleged medical negligence for many years. This case is an example of the failure of the legal system in that respect. Completely sympathize with you and hope you stay strong! Perhaps a landmark ruling in higher courts can shut this door once and for all.
Rebecca Parker from Durham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 1:59 pm
I am so sorry that this has happened to you. It is unjust & unreasonable. Like all other here I stand by you and support you. Please look after yourself & your family
I am so sorry that this has happened to you. It is unjust & unreasonable. Like all other here I stand by you and support you. Please look after yourself & your family
Katy from Kendal wrote on December 5, 2021 at 1:21 pm
Shocked at this ruling. Must be a really difficult time for you, I hope you are ok.
Shocked at this ruling. Must be a really difficult time for you, I hope you are ok.
Rajib from Rugby wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:43 pm
We stand with you 🙏
We stand with you 🙏
Simon Thompson from Northampton wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:21 pm
You have my full support. You may be the first but you certainly won’t be the last as the floodgates have been opened by this nonsensical decision. Stay strong.
You have my full support. You may be the first but you certainly won’t be the last as the floodgates have been opened by this nonsensical decision. Stay strong.
Bethan from Cardiff wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:18 pm
Sending support from a fellow GP. This could have been any one of us. Hope it’s resolved soon for you.
Sending support from a fellow GP. This could have been any one of us. Hope it’s resolved soon for you.
Shamina wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:50 am
The outcome of this case has shocked the medical world. We are all with you and happy to do more. It could have been any one of us. So many of us want to help in anyway we can. Remember you have ALL of us behind you.
The outcome of this case has shocked the medical world. We are all with you and happy to do more. It could have been any one of us. So many of us want to help in anyway we can. Remember you have ALL of us behind you.
Lesli Davies from Lutterworth wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:38 am
You have my full support. Of course clinicians can write such detailed records and spend more time checking patient understanding but to provide this level of quality then the time required has tripled and then number of patients that can be seen reduced by 67%. The public and politicians need to decide what they want to resource and not vilify the providers if the system fails.
You have my full support. Of course clinicians can write such detailed records and spend more time checking patient understanding but to provide this level of quality then the time required has tripled and then number of patients that can be seen reduced by 67%. The public and politicians need to decide what they want to resource and not vilify the providers if the system fails.
Anju Gupta from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:36 am
Just reaching out to say this could have been any doctor, anywhere. I hope that these messages here are a source of support for you and family.
Just reaching out to say this could have been any doctor, anywhere. I hope that these messages here are a source of support for you and family.
Louise from Lisburn wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:35 am
This is so wrong for our profession. Standing with you at this incredibly difficult time
This is so wrong for our profession. Standing with you at this incredibly difficult time
Joanne from Leicester wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:29 am
There but for the grace of God go most of us. Appalled at this judgment and sending heartfelt support and best wishes
There but for the grace of God go most of us. Appalled at this judgment and sending heartfelt support and best wishes
Lucy Smith from Rawtenstall wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:25 am
Dr Phil, It’s utterly shocking and appalling that this has happened. You did nothing wrong. As a fellow GP I am shaken and concerned for all of us now. I stand with you! We are all behind you, Dr Lucy
Dr Phil, It’s utterly shocking and appalling that this has happened. You did nothing wrong. As a fellow GP I am shaken and concerned for all of us now. I stand with you! We are all behind you, Dr Lucy
Esther Ruth Davis from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:23 am
Dear Dr Philips, As a nurse who sees and assesses patients independently and gives treatment under PGD, I am horrified to hear about what you are going through. This could happen to any of us and you have done nothing wrong. What is expected of GP is unacceptable with short appointment slots and queues of patients, what sory of note taking do they expect. We are all here for you and will come out to support you. Please appeal and I will happily contribute to your crowdfunder if you choose to do so.
Dear Dr Philips, As a nurse who sees and assesses patients independently and gives treatment under PGD, I am horrified to hear about what you are going through. This could happen to any of us and you have done nothing wrong. What is expected of GP is unacceptable with short appointment slots and queues of patients, what sory of note taking do they expect. We are all here for you and will come out to support you. Please appeal and I will happily contribute to your crowdfunder if you choose to do so.
Hubertus von Blumenthal from Cambridge wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:19 am
Sending my support and thoughts to you. Judges can and have erred just as doctors have and I hope this mistake will be corrected soon. The profession is behind you on this.
Sending my support and thoughts to you. Judges can and have erred just as doctors have and I hope this mistake will be corrected soon. The profession is behind you on this.
Athmaa Murali from Birmingham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 11:00 am
We are by your side. You've got us all rallying behind you. This verdict is wrong. and everyone knows it. please reach out if there is anything we can do
We are by your side. You've got us all rallying behind you. This verdict is wrong. and everyone knows it. please reach out if there is anything we can do
Carolyn from Leeds wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:59 am
Standing with you after the unfair and unjust judgement. Even non medical members of our family have been shocked and appalled so you are very much not alone
Standing with you after the unfair and unjust judgement. Even non medical members of our family have been shocked and appalled so you are very much not alone
James Howarth from Alford wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:54 am
Phil, I know you, I know you are compassionate, empathetic and thorough. My heart goes out to you…. Could be any of us now practicing medicine has become Russian Roulette. Thinking of you
Phil, I know you, I know you are compassionate, empathetic and thorough. My heart goes out to you…. Could be any of us now practicing medicine has become Russian Roulette. Thinking of you
Laxman from Surrey wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:49 am
I am extremely disappointed to hear this news. It could be any of us. As doctors we give advice in good faith and what we think is best for the patients. There is no intention of harm and Dr Mitchell should not be held responsible at any cost. The legal claim against for medics is now going way out of hand. Anyone can sue us for anything.
I am extremely disappointed to hear this news. It could be any of us. As doctors we give advice in good faith and what we think is best for the patients. There is no intention of harm and Dr Mitchell should not be held responsible at any cost. The legal claim against for medics is now going way out of hand. Anyone can sue us for anything.
Dr T from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:40 am
As a fellow GP, my heart goes out to you - I can only imagine the stress and anguish this has been giving you from the start. I hope you have had the support of loving family and friends. You definitely have the support of the medical profession from across the world. No one will blame you if you choose to move on and not have anything else to do with this case - I doubt I would have the strength to appeal if I was in your shoes. Of course, if you do choose to appeal, like many others, I would be happy to contribute to the funds. This unjust verdict may well be the final coffin in the GP profession, but that is the doing of the legal processes and judgement of the case, not yours.
As a fellow GP, my heart goes out to you - I can only imagine the stress and anguish this has been giving you from the start. I hope you have had the support of loving family and friends. You definitely have the support of the medical profession from across the world. No one will blame you if you choose to move on and not have anything else to do with this case - I doubt I would have the strength to appeal if I was in your shoes. Of course, if you do choose to appeal, like many others, I would be happy to contribute to the funds. This unjust verdict may well be the final coffin in the GP profession, but that is the doing of the legal processes and judgement of the case, not yours.
Clio from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:37 am
Sending support and solidarity
Sending support and solidarity
Becky wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:33 am
I am so shocked by this verdict, it is completely unbelievable. Please feel all of our support behind you and stay strong.
I am so shocked by this verdict, it is completely unbelievable. Please feel all of our support behind you and stay strong.
Cathy Ellis from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:28 am
I’m so sorry this has happened to you, it could have been any one of us. Please know we stand with you,.
I’m so sorry this has happened to you, it could have been any one of us. Please know we stand with you,.
Vivek Chhabra from Yarm wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:17 am
We are behind you and support you.
We are behind you and support you.
Carolyn Warrington from Wigan, Greater Manchester wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:12 am
You have my full support and sympathies - absolutely crazy judgement that no one could have foreseen. The world has indeed gone mad. You did nothing wrong and I truly hope this bizarre judgement will be overturned. Wishing you strength. We all stand with you.
You have my full support and sympathies - absolutely crazy judgement that no one could have foreseen. The world has indeed gone mad. You did nothing wrong and I truly hope this bizarre judgement will be overturned. Wishing you strength. We all stand with you.
Claire from Aylesbury wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:06 am
We all stand with you .This could be any of us Look after yourself .Please do not let this define you and remember all the many people you have helped over the many years .
We all stand with you .This could be any of us Look after yourself .Please do not let this define you and remember all the many people you have helped over the many years .
Ali from Birmingham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 10:03 am
Good luck in your appeal and don’t lose hope. It may or may not seem like it, but you are fighting for the future sanity of your colleagues and the safety of future patients who may be harmed by ever-increasing defensive medicine, if this ruling is not challenged. Feel free to make a go fund me page and I will support it. I think people will support you just as they supported Chris Day and Bawa-Garba.
Good luck in your appeal and don’t lose hope. It may or may not seem like it, but you are fighting for the future sanity of your colleagues and the safety of future patients who may be harmed by ever-increasing defensive medicine, if this ruling is not challenged. Feel free to make a go fund me page and I will support it. I think people will support you just as they supported Chris Day and Bawa-Garba.
Sonali Dutta from Newcastle upon Tyne wrote on December 5, 2021 at 9:55 am
Standing with you. I am sorry this has happened to you.
Standing with you. I am sorry this has happened to you.
Catriona from Dumfries wrote on December 5, 2021 at 9:22 am
This judgment has come as a complete and utter shock to everyone with even a basic knowledge of science and genetics. Know that we as doctors in the U.K. stand behind you. I hope you have lots of support around you. Please appeal. Utterly nonsensical decision by the judge!
This judgment has come as a complete and utter shock to everyone with even a basic knowledge of science and genetics. Know that we as doctors in the U.K. stand behind you. I hope you have lots of support around you. Please appeal. Utterly nonsensical decision by the judge!
Faiz Ehmad from Birmingham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 8:12 am
This is one of the reasons why so many good doctors here are leaving for other countries like New Zealand , Dubai and even India . Society loses a lot every time such things happen . Every doctor in UK stands in solidarity with this good doctor and every doctor in UK and around the world stands deeply grieved .
This is one of the reasons why so many good doctors here are leaving for other countries like New Zealand , Dubai and even India . Society loses a lot every time such things happen . Every doctor in UK stands in solidarity with this good doctor and every doctor in UK and around the world stands deeply grieved .
Natalie Ashman wrote on December 5, 2021 at 8:00 am
This judgement is clearly a reflection of weaknesses of the legal system instead of weaknesses in your care. Please note that you have our full support however you choose to respond to this. Take care.
This judgement is clearly a reflection of weaknesses of the legal system instead of weaknesses in your care. Please note that you have our full support however you choose to respond to this. Take care.
Becky Hodson from Somerset wrote on December 5, 2021 at 7:49 am
This is case that the whole profession are being judged on not just one individual. Every single one of us EVERY one of us, will have a consultation that was not fully and completely written up , with all the significant negatives and positives and words of wisdom written out in detail , which was also associated with a poor outcome . There but for the grace of a higher power, go all of us. You are supported and you are not standing alone .
This is case that the whole profession are being judged on not just one individual. Every single one of us EVERY one of us, will have a consultation that was not fully and completely written up , with all the significant negatives and positives and words of wisdom written out in detail , which was also associated with a poor outcome . There but for the grace of a higher power, go all of us. You are supported and you are not standing alone .
Nitin from Aberdeen wrote on December 5, 2021 at 7:43 am
My thoughts and prayer are with you in this difficult time for you and your family. This judgement doesn't seem right. Tomorrow what to stop somebody from saying something was not discussed even.of it is documented in notes. Not every word spoken can be written is realty of GP life
My thoughts and prayer are with you in this difficult time for you and your family. This judgement doesn't seem right. Tomorrow what to stop somebody from saying something was not discussed even.of it is documented in notes. Not every word spoken can be written is realty of GP life
S Mapara wrote on December 5, 2021 at 5:32 am
Shocking outcome of the trial. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Shocking outcome of the trial. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Sanjeev Maskara from Essex wrote on December 5, 2021 at 2:07 am
This is very sad. This could happen to any one of us. This highlights the importance of good record keeping. Hope your appeal is successful.
This is very sad. This could happen to any one of us. This highlights the importance of good record keeping. Hope your appeal is successful.
Cat Anderson from Stoke on Trent wrote on December 5, 2021 at 1:40 am
Shocked and saddened at this appalling judgement or more precisely ‘misjudgment’. As a fellow GP I am ready to help in any way I can, contribute in some way to help overturn this appalling decision. Wishing you strength and waiting to aid in any action.
Shocked and saddened at this appalling judgement or more precisely ‘misjudgment’. As a fellow GP I am ready to help in any way I can, contribute in some way to help overturn this appalling decision. Wishing you strength and waiting to aid in any action.
Nadia from Perth, Australia wrote on December 5, 2021 at 1:14 am
The fact that this even went to court is ridiculous. It is a reflection of something that has gone wrong in society and not of your clinical practice. Stay strong and know that we are all behind you.
The fact that this even went to court is ridiculous. It is a reflection of something that has gone wrong in society and not of your clinical practice. Stay strong and know that we are all behind you.
Scott Queen from Glasgow wrote on December 5, 2021 at 1:12 am
An utter farce, an abomination. A lack of understanding of what we do. Thinking of you as are many, many of your colleagues. There but for the grace of God......
An utter farce, an abomination. A lack of understanding of what we do. Thinking of you as are many, many of your colleagues. There but for the grace of God......
Dr Hennah Bashir from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:41 am
Sending warm wishes to you and your family ; you have been done a great injustice and want you to know colleagues you have never met are thinking of you and on your side.
Sending warm wishes to you and your family ; you have been done a great injustice and want you to know colleagues you have never met are thinking of you and on your side.
Angana Nankani from London wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:24 am
This is really unfair. I support you.
This is really unfair. I support you.
Ramy from Nottingham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:22 am
Absolutely appalling judgment, with incredibly concerning implications. We stand with you, Dr. Mitchell.
Absolutely appalling judgment, with incredibly concerning implications. We stand with you, Dr. Mitchell.
Saba from Birmingham wrote on December 5, 2021 at 12:15 am
Dear Dr Mitchell, I simply can't imagine what you and your family have been going through all this time. Utterly appalled at the decision. Sending you much love, prayers and warm wishes. You didn't deserve this.
Dear Dr Mitchell, I simply can't imagine what you and your family have been going through all this time. Utterly appalled at the decision. Sending you much love, prayers and warm wishes. You didn't deserve this.
Lana H from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:42 pm
You have saved countless lives and been an invaluable pillar of strength and health for your community, with only the best of intentions. Focus on this rather than those who couldn’t accept their reality and chose to indulge their denial through blame. We in the profession all stand with you and your family. Wishing you well. Lana Your friend in General Practice
You have saved countless lives and been an invaluable pillar of strength and health for your community, with only the best of intentions. Focus on this rather than those who couldn’t accept their reality and chose to indulge their denial through blame. We in the profession all stand with you and your family. Wishing you well. Lana Your friend in General Practice
Guru Singh from Loughborough wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:32 pm
Sorry you are having to go through this. Sending you my support - stand by you all the way.
Sorry you are having to go through this. Sending you my support - stand by you all the way.
Sarah Wilson from Oban wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:11 pm
Proud to stand with you. I hope that you appeal and that it’s successful xx
Proud to stand with you. I hope that you appeal and that it’s successful xx
Jas wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:01 pm
Hi Dr Mitchell, so sorry to hear you that you are having to deal with such a terrible situation. As a fellow GP, just wanted to say that we all support you. Just so sad to hear that yet another colleague has fallen victim to this poisonous litigious culture. Please stay strong and take care of yourself. Sending love and prayers for you and your family. Jas
Hi Dr Mitchell, so sorry to hear you that you are having to deal with such a terrible situation. As a fellow GP, just wanted to say that we all support you. Just so sad to hear that yet another colleague has fallen victim to this poisonous litigious culture. Please stay strong and take care of yourself. Sending love and prayers for you and your family. Jas
Rosie McEachran from Maidenhead wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:55 pm
I’m so sorry that you have been put through this after a long career of helping people. This was an appalling judgement and has left me very worried about the future of our profession.
I’m so sorry that you have been put through this after a long career of helping people. This was an appalling judgement and has left me very worried about the future of our profession.
Emily Bridges from Southampton wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:45 pm
Utterly shocked and disgusted by the judge's decision. It is ludicrous and needs to be overturned.
Utterly shocked and disgusted by the judge's decision. It is ludicrous and needs to be overturned.
Jan Klepacki from Aberdeen wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:36 pm
I'm hope you get lot of support and love right now. I hope the situation will clarify soon, as any of us which are your colleagues would feel let down by the system.
I'm hope you get lot of support and love right now. I hope the situation will clarify soon, as any of us which are your colleagues would feel let down by the system.
Jack douthwaite wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:07 pm
You have the whole medical community behind you Dr Mitchell ! Could literally happen to any of us.
You have the whole medical community behind you Dr Mitchell ! Could literally happen to any of us.
Robert Kidway from Burgess Hill wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:29 pm
Flabbergasted. I'm so sorry you have to face this.
Flabbergasted. I'm so sorry you have to face this.
Alisha from Leeds wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:41 pm
I’m so sorry this has happened - absolutely gobsmacked by this outcome The whole profession stands with you, I hope that when you see our messages here it lifts your spirits even a little bit. This could have been any one of us. Will support you in any other way I can.
I’m so sorry this has happened - absolutely gobsmacked by this outcome The whole profession stands with you, I hope that when you see our messages here it lifts your spirits even a little bit. This could have been any one of us. Will support you in any other way I can.
Georgie wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:39 pm
Thinking of you. Stay strong.
Thinking of you. Stay strong.
J wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:33 pm
I am so sorry this has happened to you Dr Mitchell and for all the stress it has bought you and is most probably continuing to bring to you and your family. I hope this decision is appealed as it is wholly unfair and you are not responsible this woman’s actions. The entire profession is behind you and if you are ever ready to fight it we are all behind you. Much love, a GP trainee
I am so sorry this has happened to you Dr Mitchell and for all the stress it has bought you and is most probably continuing to bring to you and your family. I hope this decision is appealed as it is wholly unfair and you are not responsible this woman’s actions. The entire profession is behind you and if you are ever ready to fight it we are all behind you. Much love, a GP trainee
Katie Stone from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:24 pm
This could have been any of us. Look after yourself I can only imagine what you’re going through. It will end and doesn’t define you.
This could have been any of us. Look after yourself I can only imagine what you’re going through. It will end and doesn’t define you.
Nida from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:24 pm
I am truly sorry you are going through this. I was in disbelief when this came to court and with the verdict. It could happen to any one of us. Thinking of you and your family.
I am truly sorry you are going through this. I was in disbelief when this came to court and with the verdict. It could happen to any one of us. Thinking of you and your family.
Maheen from Bury St Edmunds wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:22 pm
So sorry you have to go through this awful decision.
So sorry you have to go through this awful decision.
Victoria Robinson from Nottingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:12 pm
A tick box of exercises we need to adhere to otherwise we will be sued is what this is about. The tick boxes will never end! Doctors are also human. I’m so disappointed in the verdict. Really hope this can be overturned.
A tick box of exercises we need to adhere to otherwise we will be sued is what this is about. The tick boxes will never end! Doctors are also human. I’m so disappointed in the verdict. Really hope this can be overturned.
Sarah Dawkins from CHIPPENHAM wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:50 pm
So shocked by the verdict. Thinking of you and your family. This could have been any doctor.
So shocked by the verdict. Thinking of you and your family. This could have been any doctor.
Pallavi Kasaraneni from Sheffield wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:43 pm
I am so sorry and shocked to hear about this case. This could happen to any of us. It is hard enough to do everything in 10 minutes, document in detail and form a rapport. I hope Dr Mitchell and his family know we all stand together and they are in our thoughts. I hope Dr Mitchell fights back which leads to a better system and fairness.
I am so sorry and shocked to hear about this case. This could happen to any of us. It is hard enough to do everything in 10 minutes, document in detail and form a rapport. I hope Dr Mitchell and his family know we all stand together and they are in our thoughts. I hope Dr Mitchell fights back which leads to a better system and fairness.
Anastasia chew from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:41 pm
I can’t believe this has happened. My thoughts are with you.
I can’t believe this has happened. My thoughts are with you.
Seb P from Manchester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:27 pm
This could be any one of us. I’m sure you feel as sad as anyone for this claimant, but whatever you had said would not be defence in this bizarre judgement. I hope there is an appeal planned, we would all help support financially if you needed. I’m so sorry for the stress this must be causing. X
This could be any one of us. I’m sure you feel as sad as anyone for this claimant, but whatever you had said would not be defence in this bizarre judgement. I hope there is an appeal planned, we would all help support financially if you needed. I’m so sorry for the stress this must be causing. X
Vinoda Sharma from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:23 pm
So sorry you are going through this now. Hope the collective support gives some sense of solidarity to you. Hope and pray that going forward the outcome for you is successful-take care
So sorry you are going through this now. Hope the collective support gives some sense of solidarity to you. Hope and pray that going forward the outcome for you is successful-take care
Sarah Zbeidy from Middlesbrough wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:20 pm
You're not alone, we're all in this together. Hold on, the truth and justice will prevail.
You're not alone, we're all in this together. Hold on, the truth and justice will prevail.
Jo williams from Bristol wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:17 pm
Can only imagine what a nightmare this has been for you and hope the huge support you have by your colleagues is a small comfort as it could be any of us. Hope there will be an appeal and there will fundraising as needed. Wishing you and you family well
Can only imagine what a nightmare this has been for you and hope the huge support you have by your colleagues is a small comfort as it could be any of us. Hope there will be an appeal and there will fundraising as needed. Wishing you and you family well
Marieke Reddingius from East Hoathly wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:52 pm
It could have been any of us and this verdict has been so incredibly unjust! As a fellow GP I hope you can find the strength to appeal and get the support you and your family need to deal with this injustice. We will be made scapegoats for all of the mishaps life throws at our patients and general practice will be finished as there is not a GP in the land who can do their day to day job being restrained to verbatim typing up 10 minute consultations nor can we warn patients of all eventualities nor take away the individual responsibilities for their own health and decisions. So, so wrong ! Please find the strength to fight it and I’m sure the vast majority of GPs will fight this with you and stand behind you.
It could have been any of us and this verdict has been so incredibly unjust! As a fellow GP I hope you can find the strength to appeal and get the support you and your family need to deal with this injustice. We will be made scapegoats for all of the mishaps life throws at our patients and general practice will be finished as there is not a GP in the land who can do their day to day job being restrained to verbatim typing up 10 minute consultations nor can we warn patients of all eventualities nor take away the individual responsibilities for their own health and decisions. So, so wrong ! Please find the strength to fight it and I’m sure the vast majority of GPs will fight this with you and stand behind you.
M. Pather from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:51 pm
The entire profession is behind you Dr. Mitchell. The judgment is a travesty and I sincerely hope you appeal. As I approach the end of an LLM in Medical Law I would be happy to offer you whatever support I can. Try to stay strong during this most difficult of times.
The entire profession is behind you Dr. Mitchell. The judgment is a travesty and I sincerely hope you appeal. As I approach the end of an LLM in Medical Law I would be happy to offer you whatever support I can. Try to stay strong during this most difficult of times.
CharlotteW from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:22 pm
Dr Mitchell, please consider appealing this verdict, we are all utterly devastated but the outcome of this trial. It could be any one of us and sets a terrifying precedent. More than willing to donate to support your appeal. Look after yourself, we are all behind you.
Dr Mitchell, please consider appealing this verdict, we are all utterly devastated but the outcome of this trial. It could be any one of us and sets a terrifying precedent. More than willing to donate to support your appeal. Look after yourself, we are all behind you.
Tracy Draper from Worcester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:21 pm
I cannot believe the outcome of this case. I stand behind you . I hope you have the strength to consider an appeal. This could happen to any of us.
I cannot believe the outcome of this case. I stand behind you . I hope you have the strength to consider an appeal. This could happen to any of us.
Saeedullah from Manchester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:19 pm
We all support you and your family in this difficult times. Hope common sense prevails.
We all support you and your family in this difficult times. Hope common sense prevails.
Naren Kumaran from Leicester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:08 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell, I am sorry you are going through this. Hope you feel the collective support of the medical community. Hope justice prevails 🤞🏽
Dear Dr Mitchell, I am sorry you are going through this. Hope you feel the collective support of the medical community. Hope justice prevails 🤞🏽
Alison Philipps from Kensworth wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:07 pm
I’m astounded at the verdict in your case - it could have been any one of us. Please look after your self and know that your profession stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with you.
I’m astounded at the verdict in your case - it could have been any one of us. Please look after your self and know that your profession stands shoulder to shoulder in solidarity with you.
Raisa Ahmed wrote on December 4, 2021 at 5:55 pm
Firstly, I want to extend my apologies and condolences that you and your family are having to go through this. I along with many of your colleagues were horrified by the decision. Please appeal knowing that you have the full support of the medical profession behind you.
Firstly, I want to extend my apologies and condolences that you and your family are having to go through this. I along with many of your colleagues were horrified by the decision. Please appeal knowing that you have the full support of the medical profession behind you.
Siddharth wrote on December 4, 2021 at 5:30 pm
Saddened Shocked Appalled by such a case to even appear in courts. Feel ashamed of society having adopted this notion of trying to advantage from such a honest profession. Feel for this colleague whose mental space must now be occupied with this ridiculous court case and it’s most unfortunate result rather than all the good this colleague can keep on doing. All the strength to this colleague and May better sense prevail in the society.
Saddened Shocked Appalled by such a case to even appear in courts. Feel ashamed of society having adopted this notion of trying to advantage from such a honest profession. Feel for this colleague whose mental space must now be occupied with this ridiculous court case and it’s most unfortunate result rather than all the good this colleague can keep on doing. All the strength to this colleague and May better sense prevail in the society.
Grace Ding from Oxford wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:56 pm
My heart goes out to you! Must be so stressful and heart breaking to have such as claim so many years after the event. My senior partner was sued in a similar case when the patient was advised to wait 20 years before bringing the case as the pay out would be bigger!
My heart goes out to you! Must be so stressful and heart breaking to have such as claim so many years after the event. My senior partner was sued in a similar case when the patient was advised to wait 20 years before bringing the case as the pay out would be bigger!
Peter Smye from Cambridge wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:50 pm
Unfair. Grossly. Not sure what message it sends to disabled people in the UK but it is not a good one. Symptoms of a broken legal system as it relates to the NHS.
Unfair. Grossly. Not sure what message it sends to disabled people in the UK but it is not a good one. Symptoms of a broken legal system as it relates to the NHS.
Chloe Barter from Brighton wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:47 pm
As a GP I stand behind you. Makes me scared to practice feels like even when we try and do our best people will always find fault. Worrying that scientific basis of medicine with folic acid not being responsible for this they of disability doesn't work as a defence
As a GP I stand behind you. Makes me scared to practice feels like even when we try and do our best people will always find fault. Worrying that scientific basis of medicine with folic acid not being responsible for this they of disability doesn't work as a defence
Alison Macnaughton-Jones from Darlington wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:18 pm
This could have happened to any of us. My thoughts are with you, we are all behind you.
This could have happened to any of us. My thoughts are with you, we are all behind you.
Stuart Shaw from Bolton wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:17 pm
An extremely disquieting verdict of which all fellow medics rightly express dismay . Appeal .
An extremely disquieting verdict of which all fellow medics rightly express dismay . Appeal .
Mobeen Chaudary from Brighton wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:05 pm
Anyone can get caught by this,if it happened normally no one will practice medicine,
Anyone can get caught by this,if it happened normally no one will practice medicine,
Victoria Holt from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 3:52 pm
Echoing everything written below. sending love and support. and money for the appeal when needed. This could be any of us.
Echoing everything written below. sending love and support. and money for the appeal when needed. This could be any of us.
Tanya Muttitt from ST ANDREWS wrote on December 4, 2021 at 3:26 pm
How can they say that she would have delayed conception if had been advised about folic acid. She was already pregnant. What was she going to do - terminate/ abort. This is another case of sue for sueing sake. I really feel for you sir
How can they say that she would have delayed conception if had been advised about folic acid. She was already pregnant. What was she going to do - terminate/ abort. This is another case of sue for sueing sake. I really feel for you sir
Alina from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:39 pm
This marks a very dark era for all the doctors. Does it all boil down to what you document rather than how competent you are in providing care? The outcome of this case is heart breaking. I stand in support of Dr Mitchell and I hope he gets the justice he deserves.
This marks a very dark era for all the doctors. Does it all boil down to what you document rather than how competent you are in providing care? The outcome of this case is heart breaking. I stand in support of Dr Mitchell and I hope he gets the justice he deserves.
Gemma from Leamington Spa wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:26 pm
I cannot comprehend this utterly appalling decision and am so incredibly sorry that you and your family are going through this. Please believe that we are all behind you 100% and that you most definitely can fight this. Stay strong and take care x
I cannot comprehend this utterly appalling decision and am so incredibly sorry that you and your family are going through this. Please believe that we are all behind you 100% and that you most definitely can fight this. Stay strong and take care x
Dr Florentia Mina from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:16 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell, I am so sorry that you are in this situation, I feel that the judge's outcome is completely shocking and absurd, and I felt there was bias in the way the judge concluded to this unfair outcome. You did what we would all do! Please know that we all stand with you and we are ready to support you, including crowdfunding to help with legal fees if you choose to appeal!
Dear Dr Mitchell, I am so sorry that you are in this situation, I feel that the judge's outcome is completely shocking and absurd, and I felt there was bias in the way the judge concluded to this unfair outcome. You did what we would all do! Please know that we all stand with you and we are ready to support you, including crowdfunding to help with legal fees if you choose to appeal!
Hayley Hood wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:07 pm
Sending support, and wishing you and your family well at what must be a difficult time for you all
Sending support, and wishing you and your family well at what must be a difficult time for you all
Bethan England from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:04 pm
This is injustice. You have done nothing wrong. It could have been any one of us and we are all behind you. Thinking of you and your family,
This is injustice. You have done nothing wrong. It could have been any one of us and we are all behind you. Thinking of you and your family,
CMS from Burnley wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:40 pm
Documentation is important as everyone will agree. But first and foremost, medical records should be exactly what is says on the tin: clinical records aiding seamless treatment of patients in a multidisciplinary team and a reminder of key points of discussions with patients. Not transcripts of conversations. Not protective shields to defend against litigation. Not a weapon to hit doctors over the head with. Every minute a doctor spends writing notes that serve no purpose for the treatment and clinical care of the patient but are aimed at medicolegal defensiveness is a minute stolen from patient care. The legal profession is creating a healthcare system where fewer patients are treated, but not better or more holistically, but with more extensive documentation. Secondly, it is feeding the impression that everybody has a legal right to be perfect and lead a perfect life (whatever that may be). And if that is not the case, surely, there must be someone to blame (and sue). In the Northwest of England we have a tremendous shortage of doctors, alarming health inequalities and GPs leaving the profession faster than in other parts of the country. On the other side. the incidence of genetic disorders, chronic conditions and disabilities is above the national average. Without wanting to belittle the difficult circumstances the claimant might be in, in fact I admire and applaud the determination for excel at her chosen field despite adversity, I would argue that this ruling will cause more (avoidable) conditions for many patients as GP and other doctors will reduce appointment numbers to allow more time for documentation. Others will simply leave as the constant fear of being sued is the perfect fuel for already simmering burn-out. Between the claimant and the judge they have managed to drive another handful of nails in the... Read more
Documentation is important as everyone will agree. But first and foremost, medical records should be exactly what is says on the tin: clinical records aiding seamless treatment of patients in a multidisciplinary team and a reminder of key points of discussions with patients. Not transcripts of conversations. Not protective shields to defend against litigation. Not a weapon to hit doctors over the head with. Every minute a doctor spends writing notes that serve no purpose for the treatment and clinical care of the patient but are aimed at medicolegal defensiveness is a minute stolen from patient care. The legal profession is creating a healthcare system where fewer patients are treated, but not better or more holistically, but with more extensive documentation. Secondly, it is feeding the impression that everybody has a legal right to be perfect and lead a perfect life (whatever that may be). And if that is not the case, surely, there must be someone to blame (and sue). In the Northwest of England we have a tremendous shortage of doctors, alarming health inequalities and GPs leaving the profession faster than in other parts of the country. On the other side. the incidence of genetic disorders, chronic conditions and disabilities is above the national average. Without wanting to belittle the difficult circumstances the claimant might be in, in fact I admire and applaud the determination for excel at her chosen field despite adversity, I would argue that this ruling will cause more (avoidable) conditions for many patients as GP and other doctors will reduce appointment numbers to allow more time for documentation. Others will simply leave as the constant fear of being sued is the perfect fuel for already simmering burn-out. Between the claimant and the judge they have managed to drive another handful of nails in the coffin of General Practice. There is trying to find a scape goat and sacrificing an entire profession. Looking at the injustice of the Bawa-Garba case and this one, the legal profession is managing an unprecedented destruction of goodwill, enthusiasm and dedication in the medical profession. How can you expect the cleverest A-level students to take up medicine if all they can see in public opinion and the courts is that it is ok to abuse and bully doctors or make them a scapegoat for whatever anyone feels has gone wrong in their life. Unless this unrealistic expectation from the general public of a right to a perfect body, mind and lifestyle, and entitlement to seek compensation at the expense of the rest of society is put to halt rather than being fuelled by compensation lawyers and courts, the rapid decline of GP numbers will continue. After a 14h working day yesterday where, I am sure, I have not documented everything I have advised a patient to do or not to do, I wonder how much longer I am prepared to stay in the profession. I am Phil Mitchell- it could be me anytime...
Dr K Oldale from Menai Bridge wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:15 pm
This judgement is appalling, outrageous and fundamentally unfair. Please don't let it define or destroy you. Be kind to yourself, find any support you can . Remember all the people you have helped, all the good you have done. Stay strong, we all stand behind you. You don't have to fight on alone
This judgement is appalling, outrageous and fundamentally unfair. Please don't let it define or destroy you. Be kind to yourself, find any support you can . Remember all the people you have helped, all the good you have done. Stay strong, we all stand behind you. You don't have to fight on alone
Joanna Allen from Leeds wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:13 pm
We stand with you.
We stand with you.
Lynette from Chelmsford wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:02 pm
This is truly unfathomable. It will make all medical practitioners question their occupation, I hope your appeal is successful.
This is truly unfathomable. It will make all medical practitioners question their occupation, I hope your appeal is successful.
Kerri from Plymouth wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:56 pm
I can’t believe the verdict - appalled. So sorry you are going through this, you have our full support!
I can’t believe the verdict - appalled. So sorry you are going through this, you have our full support!
Dalia from Durham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:32 pm
I am so sorry that this happened to you. It’s not right on so many levels, & it’s horrifying that it even went to court. I can’t imagine how it must have felt when you first got the complaint as it takes a moment to even try to wrap my head around the basis for the complaint. & there is still no basis. It’s unacceptable. Please remember to look after yourself & lean on those around you. We got your back.
I am so sorry that this happened to you. It’s not right on so many levels, & it’s horrifying that it even went to court. I can’t imagine how it must have felt when you first got the complaint as it takes a moment to even try to wrap my head around the basis for the complaint. & there is still no basis. It’s unacceptable. Please remember to look after yourself & lean on those around you. We got your back.
Behnan Balaban from Ankara Turkey wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:27 pm
Very sorry you are going throughout this nonsense. An appaling verdict without proper scientific background, all effort for intimidating doctors owing to them just doing their jobs, also damaging public health due to pushing doctors for defensive medicine… all these annoying things absolutely are not part of the justice. I hope this will change by upper courts and no doctor will face again these kind of illogical drivel.
Very sorry you are going throughout this nonsense. An appaling verdict without proper scientific background, all effort for intimidating doctors owing to them just doing their jobs, also damaging public health due to pushing doctors for defensive medicine… all these annoying things absolutely are not part of the justice. I hope this will change by upper courts and no doctor will face again these kind of illogical drivel.
Julie from Stirling wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:10 pm
In total shock about this and do sorry this has happened to you. So unfair and hope you have family support around you
In total shock about this and do sorry this has happened to you. So unfair and hope you have family support around you
Hannah Morgan from Manchester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:52 am
I can only imagine what you and your family are going through, and am so sorry that this ridiculous and unfair verdict has been reached. As a junior doctor just a few years into my career and with many friends who are GPs, I am fearful of what the future holds for doctors if cases like this continue to occur. I send you all my love and support and hope that this decision can be appealed.
I can only imagine what you and your family are going through, and am so sorry that this ridiculous and unfair verdict has been reached. As a junior doctor just a few years into my career and with many friends who are GPs, I am fearful of what the future holds for doctors if cases like this continue to occur. I send you all my love and support and hope that this decision can be appealed.
Katharine Burton from Chester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:31 am
Shocked by this case, this could have been any one of us. We stand with you Dr Mitchell. Sending love and support to you and your family from a fellow GP.
Shocked by this case, this could have been any one of us. We stand with you Dr Mitchell. Sending love and support to you and your family from a fellow GP.
Kate Staveley from Windsor wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:21 am
I am so sorry you are in your current position. I am appalled at the verdict. Be strong in the knowledge it is not the collective belief of the profession of an appropriate outcome.
I am so sorry you are in your current position. I am appalled at the verdict. Be strong in the knowledge it is not the collective belief of the profession of an appropriate outcome.
Louise Hammersley from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 11:10 am
This could have happened to any of us and I am so sorry that it is happening to you. I hope you feel our support for you and your family.
This could have happened to any of us and I am so sorry that it is happening to you. I hope you feel our support for you and your family.
Mohamedali from Leicester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:34 am
All the love to you sir, I hope you feel our collective support during this testing time! Good luck with moving forward and know that you have the profession at your disposal if required
All the love to you sir, I hope you feel our collective support during this testing time! Good luck with moving forward and know that you have the profession at your disposal if required
Sian from Caernarfon wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:21 am
I am appaled by this verdict. So sorry you are going through this. Please look after yourself. We are behind you.
I am appaled by this verdict. So sorry you are going through this. Please look after yourself. We are behind you.
Ally betts from Nottingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:14 am
I am so sorry you have been caught up in this. You consulted as any of us would and we stand together to help you appeal this silly decision. All our love
I am so sorry you have been caught up in this. You consulted as any of us would and we stand together to help you appeal this silly decision. All our love
Joseph Omofuma from Manchester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 10:01 am
We stand with you at this difficult time. I would certainly ask that you consider an appeal and let us know how we can support in cash and kind. It’s not only ludicrous it’s grossly unfair!
We stand with you at this difficult time. I would certainly ask that you consider an appeal and let us know how we can support in cash and kind. It’s not only ludicrous it’s grossly unfair!
Sheena Barnett from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:55 am
We all support you and believe there is no case here. Good luck.
We all support you and believe there is no case here. Good luck.
Lara wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:41 am
A truly appalling outcome. I can only echo the words of so many who have already posted here in saying my thoughts are with Dr Mitchell and his family. Stay strong, hear the roar of support from your colleagues and I hope you can fight this tooth and nail. #Iamphilipmitchell
A truly appalling outcome. I can only echo the words of so many who have already posted here in saying my thoughts are with Dr Mitchell and his family. Stay strong, hear the roar of support from your colleagues and I hope you can fight this tooth and nail. #Iamphilipmitchell
Julia wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:34 am
This could so easily happened to anyone of us. We stand by you. You and your family are in our thoughts.
This could so easily happened to anyone of us. We stand by you. You and your family are in our thoughts.
Malenka Bissell wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:30 am
We all stand by you. My thoughts are with you during these hard times.
We all stand by you. My thoughts are with you during these hard times.
Natalie Constable wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:28 am
I am so sorry for what you are going through. Appalled at the ruling and can't imagine what it must be doing to your wellbeing. Stay strong xxx
I am so sorry for what you are going through. Appalled at the ruling and can't imagine what it must be doing to your wellbeing. Stay strong xxx
Elaine Ruthven from Glasgow wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:08 am
I can’t believe the outcome of this case, it’s devastating. I hope you are bearing up, do consider appealing. Best wishes to you
I can’t believe the outcome of this case, it’s devastating. I hope you are bearing up, do consider appealing. Best wishes to you
Laura from Cardiff wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:07 am
Sending my thoughts to you and your family. You have my support.
Sending my thoughts to you and your family. You have my support.
Maryann noronha from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:05 am
Thinking of you in support.
Thinking of you in support.
Louise Chin from Hertfordshire wrote on December 4, 2021 at 9:03 am
Any one of us could be you. So sad to see this outcome. We all want to support you so please consider appealing. Sending strength to you and your family
Any one of us could be you. So sad to see this outcome. We all want to support you so please consider appealing. Sending strength to you and your family
Dr Fatima Houghton from Leicester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:53 am
Absolutely shocked by this verdict. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Thinking of you as a fellow GP. We need to stand behind you and appeal.
Absolutely shocked by this verdict. I cannot imagine what you are going through. Thinking of you as a fellow GP. We need to stand behind you and appeal.
Christopher Dixon from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:31 am
Stay strong during what must be a difficult time; youve done nothing wrong! This could have happened to any of us in one form or another but could have such a massive impact on the whole profession. Please appeal! I can see it being so important for patients and doctors nationwide that this horrendous case is overturned.
Stay strong during what must be a difficult time; youve done nothing wrong! This could have happened to any of us in one form or another but could have such a massive impact on the whole profession. Please appeal! I can see it being so important for patients and doctors nationwide that this horrendous case is overturned.
Vicky Lamb from Warrington wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:12 am
I would whole heartedly support any appeal. Ian sorry this has happened to you.
I would whole heartedly support any appeal. Ian sorry this has happened to you.
Kate Harvie from Middlesbrough wrote on December 4, 2021 at 8:00 am
Sending solidarity and love. This judgement is so concerning. Why would anyone choose to go into medicine after this?
Sending solidarity and love. This judgement is so concerning. Why would anyone choose to go into medicine after this?
Nicola from Manchester wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:31 am
We stand side by side with you. We are all Dr Mitchell.
We stand side by side with you. We are all Dr Mitchell.
Teresa Richmond from Melbourne wrote on December 4, 2021 at 7:21 am
Hi, I am so sorry for what you have had to ensure. It's deplorable and frightening. It's outrageous that this ridiculousness even made it to court, let alone that a judge ruled in her favour. If you have the will, strength and support to appeal this, then please know you have the full support of GPs and many other health care professionals.Take care and look after yourself, best wishes to you and your loved ones
Hi, I am so sorry for what you have had to ensure. It's deplorable and frightening. It's outrageous that this ridiculousness even made it to court, let alone that a judge ruled in her favour. If you have the will, strength and support to appeal this, then please know you have the full support of GPs and many other health care professionals.Take care and look after yourself, best wishes to you and your loved ones
K G from Sheffield wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:56 am
Total disbelief at this outcome. I hope you are able to appeal and that it is successful. What a crazy stupid world we live in. Know that you have the support of your medical colleagues. X
Total disbelief at this outcome. I hope you are able to appeal and that it is successful. What a crazy stupid world we live in. Know that you have the support of your medical colleagues. X
Asma Munir from Llanelli wrote on December 4, 2021 at 6:46 am
It is certainly ridiculous. Good luck with your appeal
It is certainly ridiculous. Good luck with your appeal
Dr Catherine S wrote on December 4, 2021 at 5:49 am
I think all doctors are completely shocked by this ruling. I also think a lot of people would be keen to help crowdfund your appeal. Really frightening! Best wishes
I think all doctors are completely shocked by this ruling. I also think a lot of people would be keen to help crowdfund your appeal. Really frightening! Best wishes
John Clift from Rockhampton wrote on December 4, 2021 at 4:12 am
Unbelievable it has come anywhere near this
Unbelievable it has come anywhere near this
Dr Jane Clark from Bradford wrote on December 4, 2021 at 3:29 am
Sending support. Could be any of us. Take care of yourself and your family.
Sending support. Could be any of us. Take care of yourself and your family.
Catherine Forshaw from Portsmouth (now NZ!) wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:46 am
Really saddened to see this. It’s an absolutely ridiculous case and a complete joke it’s got so far. How unbelievably awful for you and your family. Full support from us both (Both GPs) and we look forward to the appeal and you being cleared of this. Please know that the news has made it over here too and there is much support in NZ for you as well. Take care of yourself.
Really saddened to see this. It’s an absolutely ridiculous case and a complete joke it’s got so far. How unbelievably awful for you and your family. Full support from us both (Both GPs) and we look forward to the appeal and you being cleared of this. Please know that the news has made it over here too and there is much support in NZ for you as well. Take care of yourself.
Rachel Quew from Basingstoke wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:34 am
I can only imagine the pain and worry this ridiculous case has caused you . Unbelievable verdict and just sending my support
I can only imagine the pain and worry this ridiculous case has caused you . Unbelievable verdict and just sending my support
Sarah Burns-Waller from Sheffield wrote on December 4, 2021 at 2:14 am
Thinking of you and your family Philip. I hope you can find the energy to appeal this ridiculous decision. This fellow GP stands with you from Sheffield.
Thinking of you and your family Philip. I hope you can find the energy to appeal this ridiculous decision. This fellow GP stands with you from Sheffield.
Hollie Campbell from London wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:54 am
Echo everything that has already been said. Horrified that this is real. GPs have such a tough time as it is and this will only turn more people away from the profession. Completely unjustified verdict. We will support you in your appeal. You have all of the doctors if this country backing you up. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
Echo everything that has already been said. Horrified that this is real. GPs have such a tough time as it is and this will only turn more people away from the profession. Completely unjustified verdict. We will support you in your appeal. You have all of the doctors if this country backing you up. Thinking of you during this difficult time.
James wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:34 am
Can't imagine what you are going through. Complete madness that this got so far! Strength to you and your family is this distressing time. I can only hope that sense will be found and actual justice served eventually.
Can't imagine what you are going through. Complete madness that this got so far! Strength to you and your family is this distressing time. I can only hope that sense will be found and actual justice served eventually.
Dr Tariq Hussain from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:30 am
We feel your pain Dr Mitchell & stand by you. If the judgement stands, a great number will probably leave because of it, however that shouldn’t be your concern (as it isn’t of your doing). Book a holiday and forget about the whole thing…
We feel your pain Dr Mitchell & stand by you. If the judgement stands, a great number will probably leave because of it, however that shouldn’t be your concern (as it isn’t of your doing). Book a holiday and forget about the whole thing…
Louise Carter from Harpenden wrote on December 4, 2021 at 1:04 am
Dear Dr Phil. You are amazing. This is wrong. As a hospital doctor I am forever in awe of everything you do in general practice. I am hoping and praying that this situation gets fixed. Sending love and prayers. Louise. (GOSH Anaesthetics)
Dear Dr Phil. You are amazing. This is wrong. As a hospital doctor I am forever in awe of everything you do in general practice. I am hoping and praying that this situation gets fixed. Sending love and prayers. Louise. (GOSH Anaesthetics)
Andrea Ward from Sheffield wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:36 am
This is so ridiculous.GPs are blamed for everything. How can a judge back such a case? Also what message does it send to those with disabilities and their families. An appeal definitely needs to happen - happy to contribute. Do not allow this to undermine your self belief. Talk to friends and family about how you feel. Take care.
This is so ridiculous.GPs are blamed for everything. How can a judge back such a case? Also what message does it send to those with disabilities and their families. An appeal definitely needs to happen - happy to contribute. Do not allow this to undermine your self belief. Talk to friends and family about how you feel. Take care.
Aqsa Ghazanfar from York wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:25 am
I am so very sorry you and your family going through this. When I first read about this case going to court, It is baffling that it has come to this stage but I hope you know that myself and all of your colleagues are with you in this, unanimously agreeing that this is nothing more than bad luck. We stand with you and will support you if you wish to appeal. No doctor deserves this, least of all a competent colleague such as yourself. Sending you positive thoughts and prayers.
I am so very sorry you and your family going through this. When I first read about this case going to court, It is baffling that it has come to this stage but I hope you know that myself and all of your colleagues are with you in this, unanimously agreeing that this is nothing more than bad luck. We stand with you and will support you if you wish to appeal. No doctor deserves this, least of all a competent colleague such as yourself. Sending you positive thoughts and prayers.
Paula Allen from Macclesfield wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:23 am
I can only imagine the torment you and your family are going through. This is utter madness. Stay strong in the knowledge that we are right with you!
I can only imagine the torment you and your family are going through. This is utter madness. Stay strong in the knowledge that we are right with you!
Matthew and Alison Read from Birmingham wrote on December 4, 2021 at 12:01 am
Thinking of you and your family at this time. So shocked and saddened at this outcome. It is so so wrong. It could be any of us. We stand with you!!
Thinking of you and your family at this time. So shocked and saddened at this outcome. It is so so wrong. It could be any of us. We stand with you!!
Fiona Durnian from Manchester wrote on December 3, 2021 at 11:59 pm
So shocked by this verdict. We all stand with you.
So shocked by this verdict. We all stand with you.
Brenda Ferrao from Cardiff wrote on December 3, 2021 at 11:43 pm
So disheartened by this verdict. Hoping you and your family are okay. Can't imagine how this can be an appropriate verdict. Injustice has been done to you and the profession as a whole. Happy to support you in whatever way. You must appeal.
So disheartened by this verdict. Hoping you and your family are okay. Can't imagine how this can be an appropriate verdict. Injustice has been done to you and the profession as a whole. Happy to support you in whatever way. You must appeal.
Dr H from Manchester wrote on December 3, 2021 at 11:23 pm
As a GP I found the whole case incomprehensible from the start and the outcome literally unbelievable - I have no words except to say please appeal, we all stand with you.
As a GP I found the whole case incomprehensible from the start and the outcome literally unbelievable - I have no words except to say please appeal, we all stand with you.
Matt Sheehy from Derby wrote on December 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm
Thoughts are with you colleague! Let us hope that common sense and British justice prevail...this outcome is just plain clinically and scientifically wrong!
Thoughts are with you colleague! Let us hope that common sense and British justice prevail...this outcome is just plain clinically and scientifically wrong!
Abida Cathcart from Glasgow wrote on December 3, 2021 at 11:02 pm
Disbelief at the outcome. Praying that sense prevails if you decide to appeal. Just completely ludicrous. Stay stronge please. Sorry you have had to put up with this.
Disbelief at the outcome. Praying that sense prevails if you decide to appeal. Just completely ludicrous. Stay stronge please. Sorry you have had to put up with this.
Patrick Plunkett from Dublin wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:55 pm
Before making a judgement on the headlines, it is vital to read the two separate judgements in this case [2020] EWHC 3506 (QB) [2021] EWHC 3234 (QB) Then you will gain an understanding of a legal concept which has enabled those decisions, devoid of emotion. Any inability to defend an accusation of a fall below the Standard of Care due to inadequate records will always end this way. It may seem unjust, but it isn’t - it’s The Law, very carefully argued.
Before making a judgement on the headlines, it is vital to read the two separate judgements in this case [2020] EWHC 3506 (QB) [2021] EWHC 3234 (QB) Then you will gain an understanding of a legal concept which has enabled those decisions, devoid of emotion. Any inability to defend an accusation of a fall below the Standard of Care due to inadequate records will always end this way. It may seem unjust, but it isn’t - it’s The Law, very carefully argued.
Georgina from Exeter wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:52 pm
This is unjust and inaccurate. We are behind you, we will support you.
This is unjust and inaccurate. We are behind you, we will support you.
Becs wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:34 pm
Shocked at this outcome. I stand with you in solidarity.
Shocked at this outcome. I stand with you in solidarity.
Mark S CADE from Ilkley wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:32 pm
So sorry for you. Please, please appeal this verdict. Things need to be set right. Unbelievable.
So sorry for you. Please, please appeal this verdict. Things need to be set right. Unbelievable.
Faith from Northampton wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:31 pm
No words can be enough to comfort you and your family. It is beyond understanding that you have to go through this. I couldn’t imagine being in your situation. We are standing by your side.
No words can be enough to comfort you and your family. It is beyond understanding that you have to go through this. I couldn’t imagine being in your situation. We are standing by your side.
Catherine Wellington from Windsor wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:28 pm
I am a GP Partner since 1997 ….totally ludicrous ruling . Could have been me or any of us ….. absolutely ridiculous. We stand with you . I was pregnant during the same era and all of my non medical friends knew about folic acid in pregnancy…. Was Public Health information not GP responsibility !
I am a GP Partner since 1997 ….totally ludicrous ruling . Could have been me or any of us ….. absolutely ridiculous. We stand with you . I was pregnant during the same era and all of my non medical friends knew about folic acid in pregnancy…. Was Public Health information not GP responsibility !
Carol from Cumbria wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:24 pm
Love and support to you and your family. I hope you appeal this ill informed and wrong ruling. Carol
Love and support to you and your family. I hope you appeal this ill informed and wrong ruling. Carol
Becki from St Ived wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:23 pm
Right behind you.
Right behind you.
Fauzia Akhtar from Pembury wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:03 pm
I am so shocked and out raged by this verdict! We support you Dr Mitchel. #IAmPhilpMitchel
I am so shocked and out raged by this verdict! We support you Dr Mitchel. #IAmPhilpMitchel
Kate Teare from Isle of Man wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:01 pm
Hope you are okay Dr Mitchell.
Hope you are okay Dr Mitchell.
Patrick Bogue from Brighton wrote on December 3, 2021 at 10:00 pm
This is a shocking miscarriage of justice. So sorry you have had to endure this.
This is a shocking miscarriage of justice. So sorry you have had to endure this.
Cathy Robinson from Scotland wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:58 pm
Appalled. This could be anyone of us. Standing with you at this awful time. We have your back! Cathy.
Appalled. This could be anyone of us. Standing with you at this awful time. We have your back! Cathy.
Helen johnson wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm
This could be any of us. Ridiculous verdict. I'll support a crowdfund to appeal it. Sending virtual hugs
This could be any of us. Ridiculous verdict. I'll support a crowdfund to appeal it. Sending virtual hugs
Surekha from Edinburgh wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm
Ludicrous verdict. I am upset for you and on behalf of all GPS.
Ludicrous verdict. I am upset for you and on behalf of all GPS.
Emma Baker wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:42 pm
I'm sorry you are going through this. We are all in disbelief and stand by you.
I'm sorry you are going through this. We are all in disbelief and stand by you.
Harvi Braich from Rotherham wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:34 pm
A person who has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of those around him. I’m sorry you’ve had to go through the stress of this. Please rest assured that the medical profession is behind you. We need to ensure that justice is appropriately determined.
A person who has dedicated his life to bettering the lives of those around him. I’m sorry you’ve had to go through the stress of this. Please rest assured that the medical profession is behind you. We need to ensure that justice is appropriately determined.
Sally Coe from West Sussex wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:29 pm
Appalled that this even made it to court, the outcome is beyond belief. Please know you are not alone - you are in our thoughts and we stand with you.
Appalled that this even made it to court, the outcome is beyond belief. Please know you are not alone - you are in our thoughts and we stand with you.
Zada Zainal from Stuttgart wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:21 pm
I was completely gobsmacked to hear the verdict- it’s shocking and unreal. You have spent a lifetime helping countless lives and this verdict should not/ cannot be your legacy. Stay strong and keep your head high.
I was completely gobsmacked to hear the verdict- it’s shocking and unreal. You have spent a lifetime helping countless lives and this verdict should not/ cannot be your legacy. Stay strong and keep your head high.
Kathryn Szatmary from Liverpool wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:15 pm
The medical notes were adequate. If verbatim documentation is needed then primary care need consultation clerks for every consultation or all consultations to be recorded. It is not possible for a GP to write verbatim notes themselves in a 10 minute consultation, either face or face or by phone. They are not advanced transcribers, they are doctors. Also saying she would have not been born, if pregnancy had been delayed, who knows if that is true for sure? No one knows. Maybe destiny is predetermined! What a case built on what’s ifs and maybes. This case is shocking. I hope the verdict gets over turned on appeal.
The medical notes were adequate. If verbatim documentation is needed then primary care need consultation clerks for every consultation or all consultations to be recorded. It is not possible for a GP to write verbatim notes themselves in a 10 minute consultation, either face or face or by phone. They are not advanced transcribers, they are doctors. Also saying she would have not been born, if pregnancy had been delayed, who knows if that is true for sure? No one knows. Maybe destiny is predetermined! What a case built on what’s ifs and maybes. This case is shocking. I hope the verdict gets over turned on appeal.
Anna Draper from London wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:03 pm
It feels like this case has shocked our entire profession as we all know this could happen to any one of us and it just seems so wrong. You are in so many people’s thoughts which I hope helps you through a difficult time
It feels like this case has shocked our entire profession as we all know this could happen to any one of us and it just seems so wrong. You are in so many people’s thoughts which I hope helps you through a difficult time
Arzu from Cirencester wrote on December 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell, So sorry that you have been caught in the crossfire in a case that should never even have come to be heard, never mind reach the verdict it did. I hope you find the strength to appeal and that reason and sense eventually prevail.
Dear Dr Mitchell, So sorry that you have been caught in the crossfire in a case that should never even have come to be heard, never mind reach the verdict it did. I hope you find the strength to appeal and that reason and sense eventually prevail.
Steph wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:53 pm
What a difficult time this must be for you and your family. We are 100% on your side and I am more than willing to help fund an appeal to get the case over-turned!
What a difficult time this must be for you and your family. We are 100% on your side and I am more than willing to help fund an appeal to get the case over-turned!
Mandy Tither from Manchester wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:53 pm
We are all on your side. We are all thinking of you. Please take good care of yourself and remember how much support you have from us all.
We are all on your side. We are all thinking of you. Please take good care of yourself and remember how much support you have from us all.
Claire Butler from Birmingham wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:49 pm
Makes no logical sense. Must be challenged. Whilst we await this, full support to Dr Mitchell.
Makes no logical sense. Must be challenged. Whilst we await this, full support to Dr Mitchell.
Shaheena Sookun from Bedford wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:45 pm
Stay strong. We are with you
Stay strong. We are with you
Voke Bamiro from Milton Keynes wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:39 pm
Hmmmm words really fail me. Dr Mitchell, I stand with you and your family to support you and also keep you in my prayers through this turbulent journey. You will smile at the end……
Hmmmm words really fail me. Dr Mitchell, I stand with you and your family to support you and also keep you in my prayers through this turbulent journey. You will smile at the end……
Prey from London wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:35 pm
I was appalled to hear of this result. When I first heard of the case it seemed improbable that it would proceed any further. That it has now ended in this way is absolutely shocking. My thoughts are very much with you and your family, Dr Mitchell. I also feel an immense sadness for all our colleagues. As an earlier commenter noted, it would only be possible to defend yourself in such a case by extensive and intrusive recording of every interaction and lengthy explanations of any possible consequences of any health choice. Utterly demoralising and unacceptable.To a workforce already battered by poor funding, Covid, massive work pressures etc, this is a bitter blow indeed. I can understand that her health condition can have a significant impact on her life and I appreciate that there are financial costs associated with this. However I absolutely fail to see how Dr Mitchell can be held directly responsible for her condition. It is so very upsetting. I would be happy to help fund an appeal if needed. I hope the support you see here can give you strength in such an awful situation.
I was appalled to hear of this result. When I first heard of the case it seemed improbable that it would proceed any further. That it has now ended in this way is absolutely shocking. My thoughts are very much with you and your family, Dr Mitchell. I also feel an immense sadness for all our colleagues. As an earlier commenter noted, it would only be possible to defend yourself in such a case by extensive and intrusive recording of every interaction and lengthy explanations of any possible consequences of any health choice. Utterly demoralising and unacceptable.To a workforce already battered by poor funding, Covid, massive work pressures etc, this is a bitter blow indeed. I can understand that her health condition can have a significant impact on her life and I appreciate that there are financial costs associated with this. However I absolutely fail to see how Dr Mitchell can be held directly responsible for her condition. It is so very upsetting. I would be happy to help fund an appeal if needed. I hope the support you see here can give you strength in such an awful situation.
Laura S wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:24 pm
Just wanted to write and offer my support. I am absolutely speechless at this ruling. We support you and stand with you, this judgement needs to be overturned.
Just wanted to write and offer my support. I am absolutely speechless at this ruling. We support you and stand with you, this judgement needs to be overturned.
Sarah White wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:23 pm
I completely disagree with this verdict and as a new GP am terrified about what this means for our profession. If you choose to appeal you will have all of our support, but this must have all been so incredibly stressful for you and your family.
I completely disagree with this verdict and as a new GP am terrified about what this means for our profession. If you choose to appeal you will have all of our support, but this must have all been so incredibly stressful for you and your family.
Chris Schoeb from London wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:21 pm
It could have been any of us. You did nothing wrong. If you appeal I would happily contribute to costs.
It could have been any of us. You did nothing wrong. If you appeal I would happily contribute to costs.
Dr Shampa Hazra from Worcester wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:18 pm
The entire medical community is behind you . Please appeal and we will crowd fund so that you get the justice you deserve .
The entire medical community is behind you . Please appeal and we will crowd fund so that you get the justice you deserve .
Dr Bijoy Sinha from BOSTON wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:15 pm
Hi Phil Hope you are bearing up. Please take care and if you ever need to speak to me, please let me know. VJ
Hi Phil Hope you are bearing up. Please take care and if you ever need to speak to me, please let me know. VJ
Oana wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:13 pm
I am sorry this has happened to you. What a truly difficult place to be in. You have the support of the profession behind you if you want to appeal
I am sorry this has happened to you. What a truly difficult place to be in. You have the support of the profession behind you if you want to appeal
Sarah Cassidy wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:05 pm
I’ve read over this outcome. Those in the medical profession are appalled. I hope you are finding strength - you have been caught in the cross fire of this case Please appeal but take time to heal first You have so much support xx
I’ve read over this outcome. Those in the medical profession are appalled. I hope you are finding strength - you have been caught in the cross fire of this case Please appeal but take time to heal first You have so much support xx
Fran Young from Bradford wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:01 pm
All our thoughts are with you and your family at what must be a very difficult time. This verdict has far reaching consequences for all working in the NHS and all doctors should stand with you. If you plan to appeal and need funds, I would support this. #iamphilipmitchell
All our thoughts are with you and your family at what must be a very difficult time. This verdict has far reaching consequences for all working in the NHS and all doctors should stand with you. If you plan to appeal and need funds, I would support this. #iamphilipmitchell
Emily from Swansea wrote on December 3, 2021 at 8:00 pm
Sorry you’ve had this hanging over you for so long, and that there’s been such a ridiculous outcome. I like so many colleagues and behind you offering support.
Sorry you’ve had this hanging over you for so long, and that there’s been such a ridiculous outcome. I like so many colleagues and behind you offering support.
Christine MASI from Berwick wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:57 pm
What a miscarriage of justice !!!. Praying for you and your family for resilience and fortitude. U should appeal except of course you feel you have gone through enough already Stay safe
What a miscarriage of justice !!!. Praying for you and your family for resilience and fortitude. U should appeal except of course you feel you have gone through enough already Stay safe
Zaiti Kostense from Groningen wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:50 pm
For all the other patients over the years you have helped, please don’t let yourself be judged against this one case. Stay strong, keep safe and look after yourself. Standing virtually with you and the rest of our colleagues.
For all the other patients over the years you have helped, please don’t let yourself be judged against this one case. Stay strong, keep safe and look after yourself. Standing virtually with you and the rest of our colleagues.
Colin Jamieson wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:49 pm
Truly sorrowful at this verdict but we are all with you. I no longer know what my job is if this is the expected ‘standard of care’ . Banksy got it right putting capes on us and granting superpowers but it appears even that is not enough.
Truly sorrowful at this verdict but we are all with you. I no longer know what my job is if this is the expected ‘standard of care’ . Banksy got it right putting capes on us and granting superpowers but it appears even that is not enough.
Kelly Lockwood from Leeds wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:48 pm
This could have been any one of us. It is beyond comprehension that this even made it to court, let alone that this verdict was reached. We all support you. Sending you and your family strength at a time when it must feel like your country has seriously let you down.
This could have been any one of us. It is beyond comprehension that this even made it to court, let alone that this verdict was reached. We all support you. Sending you and your family strength at a time when it must feel like your country has seriously let you down.
Laura from Solihull wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:47 pm
Thoughts are with you and family at this time, I am deeply saddened by the outcome of the case. It feels wrong on so many levels and I cannot find an ounce of reason in the verdict. You have the backing of all of the medical profession behind you, physically, emotionally and even financially - if you decide to appeal. Many of my colleagues and I are now scared of what is to come for us all, it is not sustainable to avoid litigation in the way the law wants us to, and any other doctor would have the same if not less than you did. You will come through this, this is temporary and we are all behind you!
Thoughts are with you and family at this time, I am deeply saddened by the outcome of the case. It feels wrong on so many levels and I cannot find an ounce of reason in the verdict. You have the backing of all of the medical profession behind you, physically, emotionally and even financially - if you decide to appeal. Many of my colleagues and I are now scared of what is to come for us all, it is not sustainable to avoid litigation in the way the law wants us to, and any other doctor would have the same if not less than you did. You will come through this, this is temporary and we are all behind you!
Kiara from Lincoln wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:46 pm
I hope you and your family know how much the wider clinical community are behind you on this shocking judgement. From what I have read online there is an outpouring of support for you from both professionals and public alike. Stand strong.
I hope you and your family know how much the wider clinical community are behind you on this shocking judgement. From what I have read online there is an outpouring of support for you from both professionals and public alike. Stand strong.
C Redburn from Brighton wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:43 pm
Very shocked by this verdict and the slippery slow it takes us down for malpractice claims in the UK. I stand by you and hope this goes to appeal
Very shocked by this verdict and the slippery slow it takes us down for malpractice claims in the UK. I stand by you and hope this goes to appeal
Victoria Beasley from London. wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:42 pm
My thoughts are with you. This could have been any one of us. I really hope you are having support for you and yourself family. The medical profession stands with you.
My thoughts are with you. This could have been any one of us. I really hope you are having support for you and yourself family. The medical profession stands with you.
Cathy Legge from Beaconsfield wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:40 pm
Cannot believe this outcome. It is beyond ridiculous and must be so distressing for you and your family. Please know that you have the support of all UK doctors. We trust that this verdict will be overturned.
Cannot believe this outcome. It is beyond ridiculous and must be so distressing for you and your family. Please know that you have the support of all UK doctors. We trust that this verdict will be overturned.
Dr Shamriz Hussain from Sheffield wrote on December 3, 2021 at 7:37 pm
Dear Dr Mitchell, We stand strong & by you. I have said it before, perhaps consider going off to Bali & just enjoy retirement. But equally if you prefer not to then we are here for you & will get you justice. Whatever it takes. This will be done.
Dear Dr Mitchell, We stand strong & by you. I have said it before, perhaps consider going off to Bali & just enjoy retirement. But equally if you prefer not to then we are here for you & will get you justice. Whatever it takes. This will be done.