Son ‘outraged’ over care of frail mother

Keith Miller, of Haxey is unhappy about the treatment his 92 year old mother has received at his local GP. Picture: Andrew Roe
Keith Miller, of Haxey is unhappy about the treatment his 92 year old mother has received at his local GP. Picture: Andrew Roe

An Isle resident has criticised a GP service for its rigidity, after his frail mother was refused a home visit by the doctor of her choice.

Haxey man Keith Miller is outraged that his 92-year old mother, was refused her preference for visits from a woman doctor she “felt comfortable with” by South Axholme Practice.

The past four visits to housebound Edna Sanderson were by different doctors.

Mr Miller, 69, of Haxey Lane, explained: “My mother’s condition has deteriorated quickly. She feels more relaxed with a woman doctor she knows, but we were told all house calls have been taken over by younger members of the practice.”

He continued: “She has worked hard all her life. Her first husband was killed in action in France, and her second husband died of a heart attack.

“My mother’s last job until she retired was as a postwoman. She still pays taxes and has taken very little from the State. I’m furious that a simple request at this stage of her life can’t be answered.”

Mrs Sanderson, of Westwoodside, has now been given anti-depressants, her son said, because she appears to have lost her will to live.

In desperation Mr Miller wrote to Isle MP Andrew Percy who is also a member of the House of Commons Health Select Committee.

Mr Percy said he has written of his “concerns about GP practices” to medical chiefs in North Lincolnshire.

Mr Percy told the Epworth Bells: “This is a GP practice issue. I have no power or authority over medical practice although I would hope that practitioners would always take the age and concerns of patients in to account, and try to accommodate them as far as possible.”

A spokesman for South Axholme Practice said: “We will conduct a full investigation in to Mr Miller’s claims.”