Give patients their test results, GPs urged

A medicolegal expert is warning GPs of their responsibility to follow up with patients about clinically significant test results, as figures suggest a failure to do so accounts for a large proportion of claims against GPs.

According to data from MDA National, since 2000 about 45% of claims against GPs involve an allegation of diagnostic error.

Dr Sara Bird, the firm’s medicolegal and advisory manager, said research also showed that the most common diagnostic errors were:

  • failure to order an appropriate diagnostic test (55%)
  • failure to create a