A disquieting missive

‘Business Dilemmas’

Dr Shabbir Choudhury

For doctors, it is one of the most worrying questions they ever ask: ‘Am I being sued?’ Dr Shabbir Choudhury answers a private consultant’s fears after opening a ‘letter of notification’.





Dilemma 1

Does this mean I am being sued?

Q I am an ENT surgeon in independent practice and I’ve received a letter of notification from a solicitor about a young patient who recently consulted me about a pinnaplasty.

The solicitors already have the patient’s records, which were sent by the hospital, and the letter suggests the patient’s father is unhappy about the operation.

Does this mean I am being sued? And what action do I need to take?