GP cleared of negligence in $300,000 delayed cancer diagnosis case

The patient's non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma would not have shown up on an X-ray or MRI, finds the ACT Supreme Court

A GP has won a negligence case after a patient claimed he failed to organise tests that would have allowed her cancer to be diagnosed earlier, improving her prognosis.

The Canberra-based doctor successfully argued that the patient’s non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma would not have been identified, even if he had referred her for further investigations when she first presented with leg pain.

The patient, now 56, had consulted the GP in October 2016, complaining of worsening left leg pain, according to an ACT Supreme Court