Common issues in general practice negligence

Clin Risk 2009;15:72-75
doi:10.1258/cr.2009.090004
© 2009 Royal Society of Medicine Press

 

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Thomas Boyd

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Only a small number of the 10,000 or so consultations conductedby a general practitioner each year involve patients presentingwith a new, serious treatable illness. The general practitionerneeds to be constantly alert to such presentations, primarilythrough listening to patients and taking a history. Some diagnosesresult from conducting appropriate examinations, arranging investigationsand interpreting the results, and by making referrals for specialistadvice. This article considers examples of negligent failuresin all these areas.

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