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As has been discussed in previous articles, doctors owe patients a duty of care in handling patient test results, including advising patients of, and following up on, abnormal results. In this article we will consider two recent cases that consider whose responsibility it is to follow up test results.
Medical errors do happen and, despite considerable efforts to develop systems to minimise the risk of such errors, they are unlikely to be entirely eliminated.
Robust systems are vital in general practice to ensure timely follow-up of test results and to ensure quality and continuity of care between the healthcare providers involved in a consumer's care.
It is important that consultant surgeons of the future are adequately trained, and an essential element of training is the opportunity to develop surgical skills by performing operations.