Man dies of SCC following GP failures

His usual GP and a skin clinic doctor both departed from acceptable practice, says NZ health commissioner

A man in his fifties died from squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) following a series of communication errors by two GPs, including a forgotten surgical referral, the NZ health commission has found.

Man died of SCC following GP failures: NZ

The man presented to his usual GP in June 2015 complaining of a right sore ear with a scab that wouldn’t heal.

The GP took photos of the lesion for a surgical referral but didn’t realise she had forgotten to send it until the man contacted the practice