Our expert says:
It was entirely sensible to have asked for a second opinion. The oiginal diagnoses sound too vague and unhelpful to be useful.
It is absolutely the ethical DUTY of any doctor in that situation to help to arrange a second opinion, and NOT to take offense, let alone to threaten to discharge an obviously ill child.
I would seriously consider reporting such a doctor to the Health Professions Council in PRetoria for investigation and at least a warning about this bad behaviour.
A misdiagnosis of the sort you describe could be highly dangerous, and doctor's have to be very careful not to be so over-confident and to consider alternative diagnoses.
Sometimes it can be difficult to distinguish between one diagnosis and another, but this doesn't really sound like one of those situations, and one may need to keep 2 or more possible diagnoses in mind. If treating your first hunch isn't working, you need to think more seriously of your second hunch.
I entirely understand your anger, and in your place I would be furious. I wonder if your child can be placed under the care of the dermatologist rather than the over-dogmatic paediatrician ?
And if matters continue to be stormy clinically, I would seriously consider consulting a lawyer.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical exmanication, diagnosis and formal
advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.