A young girl who suffers from a form of dysmorphic disorder is suing her local NHS clinic after the clinic refused to perform an X-ray to check for her condition.
The 17-year-old, who is now six, was diagnosed with the condition when she was two months old.
The family are suing the Esthetician School in Hove for negligence, breach of contract and fraud, The Mirror reports.
They allege that the school was negligent by refusing to provide a test for the condition in the first place.
It is understood the school has agreed to pay £1,500 in compensation to the family.
The lawsuit claims that a doctor, who was not employed by the school, referred the condition to the clinic for a test, but the clinic said it could not perform one on the teenager because the X-rays were not needed for an urgent case.
The suit says: ‘The school’s refusal to provide the X ray to ascertain the condition is a breach of its duty of care and, therefore, constitutes an act of negligence and breach of fiduciary duty.’
The medical staff was advised by the clinic that the test would take place and the family was unaware that the clinic was unable to provide this test for their child, the suit says.
‘The medical examination did not take place until five days after the diagnosis, meaning the test was not performed on the child on the date it was sought.’
The lawsuit says that the family went to the hospital and was told that the X rays would not be necessary.
The hospital said it would take a call on the Xray if the family requested one.
The school said in a statement: ‘We would never put any child’s health at risk and the tests are carried out as part of the NHS standard of care.’
A spokeswoman for the clinic told The Mirror that they would not comment on individual cases.
A spokesperson for the NHS said: ‘As part of NHS England’s Preventive Medicine Workforce, we work with our partners across the UK to provide information and support to healthcare professionals who are dealing with children who are suffering from mental health conditions, and their families.’
We take any case involving an urgent diagnosis of mental health issues very seriously and we take every opportunity to inform parents of potential risks to their children.’
Any parents or carers who are concerned about their child’s mental health should contact us, our helpline is 0300 123 4444.’
Parents who need to know their child is receiving care can contact NHS Childline on 0800 039 094 or 0800 NHS 111.’