Consultant failed to communicate suspicion of cancerBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6967.1461b (Published 03 December 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1461
- John Warden
- Parliamentary Correspondent, BMJ.
A consultant surgeon who failed to tell any one that he suspected cancer in a patient who then died admitted his error when he appeared before the Commons select committee which shadows the health service ombudsman last week. The ombudsman, Mr William Reid, upheld a complaint from the patient's son after a necropsy confirmed widely disseminated cancer. …