When it comes to another GP's patient, how far does your duty of care extend?

A patient originally referred for a Pap smear ends up with a delayed ovarian cancer diagnosis

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