A young woman’s grieving mother remarked her daughter could still be alive now if she was able to see a doctor in person for cancer treatment amid the pandemic.
Jessica Brady, 27, passed away in December after cancer became prevalent throughout her body. She became impossible to treat after months of online check-ups.
Doctors who did not see Brady in person for five months in 2020 were not able to discern her tumor.
Brady had to call her doctors’ surgery over 20 times to clinch a face-to-face appointment that distinguished her liver cancer diagnosis. According to Andrea Brady, Jessica “really did attribute her late diagnosis to the slow reaction of her GP surgery.”
Brady died due to stage 4 cancer. Andrea addressed MPs at the Health and Social Care Committee on September 14 that if doctors would have seen her daughter earlier, she would still have been alive today.
‘No One Took It Seriously’
Andrea stated, “Jess was a very gentle, sweet person, but she really did attribute her late diagnosis to the slow reaction of her GP surgery.”
She added, “I think the most important thing is we feel, and Jess felt that no one listened, no one took it seriously” and continued that she necessitated an allowed in-person consultation earlier with taking of notes.
Brady was denied an in-person appointment multiple times following her initial complaint of abdominal pain the previous summer. She was diagnosed with a kidney infection without physical assessment and diagnostic testing.
She began feeling increasingly aggravated in the course of the said five months. She was then hospitalized in November and died less than a month later from stage IV adenocarcinoma that permeated throughout her body.
The previous summer, Brady inundated her GP practice with concerned phone calls. It was a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was widely mitigated in the United Kingdom.
‘The Mother of All Learning Events’
According to a top doctor, the demise was “the mother of all learning events” and acknowledged they could perform better.
The incident transpired upon data displaying a third fewer people in the UK are seeing GPs than prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. There are tens of millions of lost appointments.