GP severs patient’s spinal nerve

A New Zealand GP who severed a patient’s spinal nerve while removing a lymph node in his neck has been found in breach of the country's patient code.

The patient, a 27-year-old man, first visited the GP in December 2011 over concerns about a lump on his neck, according to a report from the health and disability commissioner.

The GP sent the man to a specialist who told him not to worry