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Court rules that IT expert would have lived longer with diagnosis

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 09, 2014

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THE widow of a Burton has given an anguished warning about bowel cancer after a doctor dismissed her husband’s symptoms as piles – and he died prematurely, aged just 41.

The High Court of Justice has ruled that Chris Goodhead, who grew up in the town, would have lived longer if Dr Asim Islam, of Stansted Surgery, near the home where he settled in the south east, had diagnosed his condition and prescribed the right treatment for the computer sales manager.

Chris’s widow, Melissa Cutting, 47, said: “This judgement acknowledges a terrible wrongdoing that resulted in the early death from bowel cancer of my soulmate and husband.

“It can’t ever right it and bring Chris back to me and our four young boys, but it highlights the failings of his GP that denied Chris a two-year window of cure from his illness and meant that from the moment he was finally diagnosed he was given no hope of beating the cancer.”

The IT expert, who was described as intensely ‘fit and determined’, had only recently completed the London Marathon with his wife when he was diagnosed with the deadly disease in 2007.

Two years before that he had visited his Dr Islam, and been reassured that all he was probably suffering with was a case of piles, London’s High Court heard.

The judgment said that Dr Islam was ‘cursory’ and ‘insufficiently clear’ in his consultation with Chris, that his notes from his consultations with Chris were ‘sub-standard’ and his referral letter to the consultant ‘appalling’, that his recollection in the trial was ‘unconvincing’.

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