Undiagnosed rectal cancer – £45,000

Mr Lomax visited his GP on several occasions throughout 2008 and early 2009 complaining of abdominal pain and diarrhoea. After initial tests, he was diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and prescribed Metformin. Despite expressing repeated concerns about the continuing diarrhoea, and subsequently rectal bleeding, he was given alternative diabetic medication and antibiotics to treat, what was diagnosed as, an infection.

When Mr Lomax visited a locum in the summer of 2009, he was referred for a colonoscopy. It was discovered that he had a large rectal tumour and, after two periods of chemotherapy, Mr Lomax later died the following year.

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