GP censured for dodgy referral

A New Zealand GP has been censured for failing to adequately refer a 62-year-old patient with oesophageal cancer who later died.

The Health and Disability Commissioner found the doctor failed to provide his patient “with services with reasonable care and skill” and breached the code of practice.

The doctor did not provide sufficient information in a CT referral about the man’s cancer history or his symptoms, including severe constipation and