Doctors failed our daughter, claim parents

Clive and Elaine Wholey holding picture of daughter Victoria who died of cancer.
Clive and Elaine Wholey holding picture of daughter Victoria who died of cancer.
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A couple whose daughter died of cancer have blamed GPs for missing her symptoms.

Victoria Liggatt, aged 42, died last week – two years after beating breast cancer the first time.

But the mum-of-one was diagnosed with her second bout of cancer just three weeks before she died. And relatives claim doctors at her local surgery – the Holywell House Medical Centre in Chesterfield – failed to spot the signs early enough.

The disease spread to her bones, lungs and heart.

Her grieving parents, Clive and Elaine Wholey, claim their daughter was ‘let down’.

They are considering making an official complaint.

Victoria developed a cough and shortness of breath last August but, despite visiting her doctors at least five times, was never referred for further checks.

Mr Wholey, aged 72, of Inkersall, said: “How can anybody have been failed so much?

“I’m no expert, but if a cancer survivor has a persistent cough for months on end you would think a medical professional would err on the side of caution and get it checked. That never happened.

“We cannot let anybody else be failed.”

The family are now making an official complaint about the surgery.

Last week, locum GP Nicholas Bulmer said lives were being put at risk as the surgery’s eight doctors were dealing with around 3,000 patients each – almost double the recommended Royal College guidelines.

A spokesman for Holywell Medical Group said: “We can confirm we are carrying out a full investigation and, until this has been completed, we are not in a position to say anything further.”