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GP who altered patient’s notes to deflect complaint is struck off

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: (Published 13 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1237
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A GP who altered consultation notes then used the revised version to deflect a patient’s complaint that she had failed to investigate possible lung cancer symptoms has been struck off the UK medical register.

Adilya Abdul Rahim was consulted twice in January 2018 by a female patient who complained of a three months long chronic cough and shortness of breath. But the doctor failed to arrange further investigation of these symptoms, although NICE guidelines and the local guidelines for the Medway in Kent, where she worked, make urgent radiography mandatory in such cases.

Seven months later in August 2018, after Rahim learnt that the patient had been given a diagnosis of lung cancer, …

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