Do I say sorry for my scrip error?

‘Business Dilemmas’

Dr Shabbir Choudhury

A solicitor’s letter asking for a patient’s records could spark a compensation claim against a consultant. Dr Shabbir Choudhury responds to his request for advice.





Dilemma 1

Do I say sorry for my scrip error?

Q I am a private GP and a patient has written to say he believes I overprescribed
lithium which caused him to be admitted to hospital. He is undergoing further tests to assess if there has been long-term damage.

The prescription was started by a consultant psychiatrist the patient had seen privately and the dosage error was made when I prescribed a repeat prescription.

Unfortunately, I had not received a letter from the psychiatrist and I wasn’t able to get hold of her to confirm the correct dosage, so I had to rely on the patient’s recollection.

Should I apologise for the error or would I be admitting legal liability for something that I feel wasn’t my fault?