After-hours GP rapped over sepsis death

The New Zealand doctor failed to perform an abdominal examination

An after-hours GP has apologised for not conducting an abdominal examination on an elderly man who died of sepsis two days after he consulted the doctor complaining of pain and nausea.

Old man abdominal pain

The GP told the New Zealand Health and Disability Commissioner that he accepted that he should have performed an abdominal examination and taken a more comprehensive history.

The patient, aged in his 70s, was referred to the medical centre in 2017 by an after-hours triage