GPs at large clinic didn't see 'big picture' of care

Poor continuity of care led to the delayed diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever in a child, finds New Zealand's health commissioner

Three New Zeland GPs have been censured over a delayed diagnosis of rheumatic fever in a child, with the country’s health commissioner also critical of a lack of continuity of care in large practices.

The six-year-old girl consulted two GPs from a large clinic three times between mid-December 2018 and mid-January 2019.

A fourth consultation with a third GP occurred in a different practice.

Each time the girl presented to a GP she complained of intermittent