Elderly GP with 'unblemished' record struck off after child death

AN elderly GP with an otherwise unblemished record has been struck off for being unfit to practise after he failed to diagnose appendicitis in a boy who later died of septic shock.

It's not clear whether Dr Hamid Khan, now 77, was cognitively impaired at the time - but the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal says the case is a "poignant example" of the need to support practitioners at the end of their careers.

The eight-year-old boy presented to Dr Khan's western Sydney practice in March 2009 complaining of abdominal pain and vomiting, the tribunal heard, and

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