Australian GPs to pay £50 000 for wrong diagnosisBMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7294.1086/a (Published 05 May 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:1086
- Christopher Zinn
In Australia two brothers who practised as GPs have been ordered to pay substantial damages to a patient in whom they diagnosed terminal cancer, with only 12 months to live, when in fact he was perfectly healthy.
Mr Maxwell Husband consulted Dr Michael Bar-Mordecai in May 1995 with a back injury, and after an x ray examination he was told he had cancer of the spine, lungs, and colon and that chemotherapy would be hopeless. For the next two years Mr Husband, who was …