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GP is suspended for six months for failing to make an urgent referral

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e8153 (Published 30 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e8153
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. 1BMJ

A GP has been suspended from practice for six months with immediate effect for failing to urgently refer a 73 year old man for hospital investigation.

In December 2008 Jonathan Ashton received a radiologist’s report on a computed tomography scan of the patient’s upper abdomen that recommended referral to gastroenterologists and noted that malignancy could not be ruled out.

But Ashton failed to refer the patient to hospital until July 2009, when the patient presented with low haemoglobin levels and results of tests for faecal occult blood had …

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