When it comes to another GP's patient, how far does your duty of care extend?
A 52-year-old woman saw a female GP for a Pap smear on referral from the patient’s usual (male) GP.
The female GP, who worked in a separate medical practice, performed the Pap smear and ThinPrep test, and advised the patient she would send the result to her.
She did not write to the referring GP; she did not write to the patient with the Pap smear result (which was normal); and she did not enter the woman’s details into her practice recall system for a routine Pap smear in two years’ time.
Three months later, the woman