Apology needed from GP over lack of PSA tests

He was found to be in 'error' over failing to order tests or recall the man

A GP in New Zealand has been asked to apologise to an elderly patient who developed prostate cancer after the doctor failed to order repeat PSA tests


The GP neglected to request the tests, despite continuing to prescribe medication for the man’s enlarged prostate.

He had started treating the long-time patient of the practice in July 2014, when he attended for repeat prescriptions, according to a report from the NZ Health and Disability Commissioner.

After noticing the patient’s PSA levels had been slightly elevated four months earlier, the GP ordered new tests,