Referral delay costs GP $6.7m

A Cairns GP must pay over $6.7 million to a patient who a court found would not have been left deaf and blind due to cryptococcal meningitis if she had been referred to a specialist in time.

Dr Kaylene Ferguson initially won the negligence case brought against her last year by Nancy Mules in the Supreme Court of Queensland.

At the time the trial judge ruled that while she had breached her duty of care during two consults by failing to examine her patient’s neck or enquire about the progress of her symptoms, this did not