Friday, July 1, 2011

Jeffrey Wingrove, 48, dies two days after being told by GP the stroke he suffered was an attack of vertigo - 1st July 2011

A widow spoke of her anger last night after an out of hours doctor who diagnosed her stroke victim husband with vertigo over the phone escaped being struck off.

Dr Francisca Ogunbiyi twice refused to visit Jeffrey Wingrove, 48, after he collapsed at home with severe vomiting and crippling headaches.

Instead she decided he was suffering from vertigo and prescribed some anti-sickness drugs for his wife, Isabelle, to collect.

Mr Wingrove, a father-of-two who ran marathons, died 48 hours later.

His family have since been awarded a six-figure sum in an out-of-court settlement for clinical negligence against the family doctor and East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust.

Nigerian-trained Ogunbiyi could have been struck off by the General Medical Council, which heard Mr Wingrove would have lived if his stroke had been diagnosed earlier.

But in May she was handed a warning which must be declared to employers for the next five years.

She appealed against the ruling, which was upheld yesterday during a five-hour hearing in London. Read More