Did medics miss my wife's cancer?

Essex County Standard: William Chohan with a picture of his wife Kathleen William Chohan with a picture of his wife Kathleen

A MAN has accused medics of failing to spot his wife had cancer.

Kathleen Chohan, 65, visited Mayflower Medical Centre in Dovercourt two weeks ago with pain in her back and legs.

She was given painkillers for what doctors thought was sciatica.

Husband William Chohan, of Marine Parade, Dovercourt, became concerned about his wife’s health on Sunday and took her to Colchester General Hospital where it was revealed she was suffering from lung cancer.

It had spread to her liver, kidney and spine.

He said: “They failed to spot it. I am so angry my wife has been put in this position.”

Mr Chohan said his wife has visited the centre two or three times in the last year.

He said: “First she was suffering from an on-and-off cough and we called a doctor out.

“After that they told her she had bronchitis and asthma, for which they gave her a pump, and then sciatica.

“She last visited two or three weeks ago and had been complaining of back ache, a bad chest, weight loss and being unable to walk without being hunched over.

“On Sunday I began to panic because I saw she was fading away and I knew something was seriously wrong.”

Mr Chohan complained to the medical centre on Wednesday and is planning to take further legal action after the heartbreaking news.

He said: “We are devastated. It has hit me and my son so hard.

“It is so difficult, especially being so close to Christmas.

“It is so awful but I am trying to stay strong for my son and we are trying to support each other through this.”

Mrs Chohan is still in Colcheser General Hospital having tests.

A spokesman for the NHS said: “It would be inappropriate for us to comment publicly on an individual case because we have to protect patient confidentiality.

“We would encourage anyone with concerns about services to complain formally to the GP practice or other service provider or to contact NHS England on their customer care line for Essex on 01245 459353 or at england.contactus@nhs.net.”

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8:24am Mon 2 Dec 13

John Vencato says...

One of my best mates of 40 years in colchester, his brother died in similar circumstances three to four weeks ago.

He complained of pains and was dead in 4 weeks.

I saw him some time ago briefly and he was as fit as as fiddle.

What is going on?
One of my best mates of 40 years in colchester, his brother died in similar circumstances three to four weeks ago. He complained of pains and was dead in 4 weeks. I saw him some time ago briefly and he was as fit as as fiddle. What is going on? John Vencato

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