Some doctors should be struck off for life – and this is one of them. Dr Margaret Colter prescribed the Dianette contraception pill to Helen Schofield – but did not bother warning her there was a risk of deep vein thrombosis (DVT).
Helen was getting the pill to help combat heavy periods. Because it also acted as birth control, she stopped taking her original contraceptive, Celeste.
Dr Colter packed her off with a nice, easy little prescription and what happened? Twelve weeks later, Helen Schofield is dead.
She collapsed while out with her mother; post mortem tests revealed a blood clot in one of her legs. The coroner declared there was a ‘pronounced’ link between her death, and the Dianette pill.
Nor is Helen the only victim of Dianette. It’s also been implicated in the death – also due to a blood clot – of a 17 year old student who took it to combat acne.
Helen Schofield’s mother has revealed that her daughter was concerned about Dianette’s potential side effects. Yet complacent and careless Dr Colter – who was seeing her for the first time – admits she hadn’t offered much advice as in her view, this patient would have been warned of the risks when she started taking the Celeste.
This assumption proved lethal. Dianette has four times the risk of other contraceptive pills. Yet unbelievably, Dr Colter has tried to defend her negligence by saying: ‘Every pill has its risks’.
Yes, you stupid mare – that’s why this patient ASKED you about them!
Helen’s mother is now, quite rightly, asking the General Medical Council to investigate. Let’s hope they do. Let’s also hope that ‘doctor’ Colter is struck off.
It would have taken her two minutes to tell this patient about possible problems with Dianette. She chose not to – and now that patient is dead.
Every patient has the right to be made aware of possible problems with medications. Had this doctor done her job, Helen Schofield might be alive today.