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Coroner calls for GPs to be allowed to order urgent CT scans after patient death

BMJ 2017; 357 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.j2815 (Published 09 June 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;357:j2815

Re: Coroner calls for GPs to be allowed to order urgent CT scans after patient death

The coroner presumes too much, l fear. As Giles pointed out, waiting time for urgent CT are already well beyond 4 weeks in many areas. Kaiser pointed out that the patient attended A&E the week before death, where a Same-day CT was not thought necessary. If we are to request urgent CT for assurance in all cases of Migraine, the effect will be more deaths and delays, not less, sadly. Unless there is a massive increase in CT resource.

Competing interests: No competing interests

19 June 2017
Leslie Lewis
Retired GP
NHS
Newport
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