Two GPs are held liable after a patient's smoking clouds a diabetes diagnosis

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When a patient's history of smoking clouds a diabetes diagnosis, who is liable?


Clinical history

A locum GP saw a 55-year-old woman for repeat prescriptions. She was a heavy smoker, and her medical records showed that she attended frequently for treatment of back and leg pain. She had been referred for acupuncture and physiotherapy in the past. She had been counselled on numerous occasions about the need to stop smoking.

During this consultation, she mentioned she had cold feet. The locum noted that she had a blue tinge to her

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