Man suffers tetraplegia after GP forgets to follow up abnormal test results

By Kiera Stephenson

A NEW Zealand GP who forgot to follow up on the abnormal blood tests of a 21-year-old patient, who subsequently developed tetraplegia, has been censured by the country’s health and disability commissioner Anthony Hill.

The GP breached New Zealand’s code of patient rights by failing to fully inform the man of his abnormal blood test results and failing to ensure the results were followed up in a clinically appropriate manner, Mr Hill said in a decision released today.

The GP had sent the patient to have blood tests