Claire Marshall (28), of Derby, who died after three GPs from the same practice were neglectful in failing to diagnose her with pneumonia that she died of. A 28-year-old woman died of pneumonia after a catalogue of errors by three GPs who failed to diagnose her condition – despite seeing her eight times in a month, an inquest heard. See NTI story NTIDOCS. Tragic Claire Marshall was sent home by one of the doctors the day before she was found dead at her home. An inquest heard the care assistant had been seen by Dr John Frain, Dr Philip Dodgson and Dr Andrew Ratcliffe EIGHT times in the weeks before she died. But none of them diagnosed her with pneumonia or sent her for a chest X-ray despite her family insisting her condition was getting worse. Miss Marshall’s last appointment at Derwent Valley Medical Practice in Chaddesden, Derby, saw her sent home by Dr Frain on December 30, 2010. But the next day she was found dead on the landing of her home in Derby. Shockingly, Dr Frain admitted at the inquest he only wrote up his notes about the December 30 appointment AFTER hearing about her death. Recording a narrative conclusion at Derby Coroners Court on Tuesday (12/1), the coroner ruled that neglect on the part of the three doctors contributed to her death. Dr Robert Hunter, coroner for Derby and South Derbyshire, blasted the GPs and said there were “systematic failures” at their practice.

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