GP's notes win in negligence case

A doctor's clinical notes have been found to carry more legal weight than the diary of a health-obsessed patient in a high stakes medical negligence case.

Dr Michael Ferguson, a GP in a busy solo practice in Newcastle, was facing damages of over $400,000 for failing to take actions that could have led to the earlier diagnosis of sacral chordoma in a patient now terminally ill with the disease.

At the heart of the dispute before the Supreme Court of NSW was whether the patient, James Peden, was telling the truth when he said he had told Dr Ferguson that he experienced altered