GP censured over mix-up with cervical smears

NEW Zealand health authorities have censured a GP and her medical centre over a series of errors in the handling of a patient with two cervices who was later found to have cancer.

The GP was criticised over a mix-up with the bicervical patient’s test results and her failure to discuss referral to a specialist. The medical centre was rebuked over its inadequate laboratory test tracking system.

Health and disability commissioner Anthony Hill recommended that the GP write an apology letter to the patient.

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