Princess Diana’s GP is sued for negligence by widow of City banker

14 May

Mr Vavalidis, who was a director at the National Bank of Greece, was admitted to hospital after suffering severe liver failure.

As his condition worsened he was flown to University College Hospital in London, where he died on January 21, 2016 from cirrhosis of the liver, with pneumonia and renal infection.

According to his widow’s claim, methotrexate toxicity was to blame. 

Mrs Vavalidis accuses Dr Wheeler of failing to ensure her husband was properly monitored for his long-term use of methotrexate.

It is alleged that when tests showed low platelets in his blood, Dr Wheeler failed to inquire into the abnormal results, and failed to stop prescribing the drug.

The writ also maintains that if Dr Wheeler had prescribed Mr Vavalidis with folic acid supplements prescribed by a previous doctor, the likelihood of liver or lung problems would have been reduced.

The writ alleges that Dr Wheeler “knew, or ought to have known, that methotrexate is a high-risk drug with potentially serious side effects that can be fatal if it is not used correctly”.

Mrs Vavalidis, who is seeking damages for herself and sons Alexander, 32, and Philip, 27, argues that her husband would still be alive if he had stopped taking methotrexate.

Dr Wheeler, a partner at the Sloane Street Surgery, in Knightsbridge, west London, did not respond to requests for a comment but is understood to be preparing to deny and contest Mrs Vavalidis’s allegations.

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