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  1. dfactor

    Support or advice needed please

    Hi everyone, I am seeking some sound advice from people who have either been in the same position or have any constructive advice on what and if I can do anything with my circumstances. I emigrated to Perth, WA in October 2015 and arrived to a job that I had previously obtained a four month trial with brick laying. I was offered a salaried position with Super, bonus and all the trimmings that come with being Employed, a very rare chance in the construction industry especially in Perth. Work was good great and the first year flew by, I had settled into life/work. In the November of 2016 I started experiencing pains in my feet which were initially not that bad but when in pain felt like someone was stabbing me in the sole of my foot. I went to the GP and they prescribed anti-inflamories and I was told to rest etc. The pains started getting worse and I went to maybe a GP appointment maybe once a week until April 2017, in the February of 2017 I had a little girl, we had a few problems along the way but she was born healthy at 37 weeks. Fast forward to June/July 2017 and although I was still going to the doctors I still was only been given tramadol (I became addicted) and OTC anti-inflamatories. Worked started to slow down for the company I was working for and they had already made some redundancies so I felt I wasn't in a position to speak to my employer about what was going on with my feet/health. In September of 2017 I literally couldn't walk I was struggling that much and the GP signed me off sick after sitting in her office crying and saying if you dont sort this out my employer will make me redundant and because there isn't much work in Perth with the economy at the moment we will have no choice to go back to the UK as we cant live off my partners wage alone and I still dont know what is wrong with me...…… The GP charged me for a double appointment ($160.00) as id gone five minutes over the first one and I left no clearer. I remember sitting outside in floods of tears with my partner and young baby knowing what was coming. I had 5 days off with the sick note and in that time met my employer do speak about why I was off and told them the doctor said I had Plantar fasciitis (Wrong diagnosis) He made me redundant within three days of returning to work. We had to leave Perth within three weeks and because we didn't have an Australian or British passport to be able to leave Perth we moved over to Brisbane with some friends just for support and to try and tie all our loose ends up in Australia, passport,resident return visas etc. We got back to the UK Feb 2018 with nothing. All our stuff was being shipped back. We had nothing but lived with parents, not easy with a baby. I attended my old GP and explained the situation, he said he didn't have a deep enough understanding of the symptoms I was experiencing and referred me instantly to Rheumatology. I was seen within a week and started treatment for Psoriatic Arthritis. It not a degenerative Arthritic condition and is purely the immune system creating inflammation. I've been on various drugs which they use to treat it and hopefully send it into remission, these haven't worked so now and its purely based on funding via the NHS I can have biologicals which should work. Its take a year to get to where I am now in the UK. All the medication I've had/will have is either available via medicare or if not via the PBS so its not unusual for people to have this in Australia. MY question is after the long background is do I have any chance or do I pursue a Medical Negligence claim against the GP in Perth? We love Perth and my partner has a job to come back to, I will probably have to re train because of the economy and the fact that I dont think I would get my old job back now?! Its hard and I struggle mentally with it all as I feel like I've denied my little girl the chance to grow up where she was born, she has duel nationality. Financially its killed us and im not sure how we would afford to get back it very expensive to do once never mind twice. Until we came back to the UK and obviously had something to work with I have felt some kind of relief as I nearly have my life back again now, I'm only 38. I'm not looking for legal advice some so advice on what we do?? We have 4 years left on our Residents return visas...……. Thank you for reading and I'll reply as soon as I can Dan