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.https://www.lexology.com/library/detail.aspx?g=33f7c9ee-650f-4c20-a5d9-35461cb95be9
We welcome anyone who wishes to leave a message of support for Dr Mitchell to contact us. However, we will not accept any derogatory comments against either party in this case. All entries are therefore moderated and will be publicly visible ONLY once approved.
Our wall has featured in Pulse, GP Online and Legal Futures.
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