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Delay in cancer diagnosis

Michael Bushby

GP failure to undertake further investigations resulting in a delay in diagnosis of cancer.

Our customer, Michael Bushby from Gateshead, can now look at moving forwards after receiving compensation from his GP following a four-year legal battle.

In early 2011, Michael began experiencing some symptoms and decided to visit his GP. He had seen his GP on multiple occasions complaining of pain in his neck, in association with a grinding noise when he moved his neck. Michael also had a lump on his back, which had changed shape over time.

Crucially, Michael’s GP failed to re-examine Michael’s lymph nodes and arrange an appropriate referral to ENT, haematology or general surgery, and instead sent Michael home with antibiotics.

It wasn’t until October 2012, when Michael was seen by a different GP, that he was finally properly examined and promptly referred for removal of the lump and histology.

A few months later, the lump was excised at Michael’s local hospital, and in May 2013 he was advised he had Stage 4 Grade ½ follicular non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is an uncommon cancer that develops in the lymphatic system, which is a network of vessels and glands spread throughout the body. After his diagnosis, Michael began a course of chemotherapy.

During the 18 months before Michael received his referral, he suffered persistent pain, along with loss of earnings, which took its toll on his psychological wellbeing.

Shortly after his cancer diagnosis, Michael decided he wanted to bring a clinical negligence claim against his GP. He contacted Fletchers and we dealt with his case.

Kate Lozynska, a solicitor within our medical negligence department, represented Michael and achieved an out-of-court settlement for him. This compensated Michael for the negligent medical care he had received.

Michael passed his thanks over to our medical negligence team and Kate following the settlement of his case,

Many thanks for the work and hard effort yourself and your team at Fletchers have delivered in dealing with my claim.


Kate Lozynska

Case Solicitor

Kate joined the firm’s growing Medical Negligence Litigation Team in August 2016. She is a Medical Negligence Solicitor with 7 years of litigation experience. In her previous role she also assisted on complex, high value cases including birth injuries such as cerebral palsy.

Key Case Details

Michael attended his GP on multiple occasions complaining of next pain. He also had a lump on his back. His GP failed to re-examine Michael's lymph nodes and arrange a referral and he was sent home with antibiotics. Months later Michael was seen by a different GP who referred him for removal of the lump and histology. He was later advised when the lump was removed that he had Stage 4 Grade ½ follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
We represented Michael and achieved an out-of-court settlement for him.

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