Coroner calls for GPs to be allowed to order urgent CT scans after patient deathBMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2815 (Published 09 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2815
- Clare Dyer
- The BMJ
A coroner has demanded a change in rules that stop NHS GPs in some areas ordering urgent computerised tomography (CT) scans, after the death of a 37 year old woman from a brain tumour.
Lisa Hashmi, area coroner for Manchester North, gave the warning in a report sent to Bury clinical commissioning group on the death of Elaine Talbot, whose brain tumour was missed by her GP and hospital doctors. Coroners have a statutory duty to send a report to the person or institution they believe should take action, if the evidence shows a risk …