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Latest Health News | Tuesday March 26 2013 7:15

Doctor found to have failed patient

It's now up to the Medical Council to decide what to do with a doctor found by the health and disability commission to have failed a patient.

The commission found the doctor failed to pass on results to a urologist, the results showed abnormal levels, which should have pointed towards prostate cancer.

The man had a family history of prostate cancer and got regular checks.

Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill says the major problem in the care process was the fact a trend which should have been a strong indicator to prostate cancer, was never passed on.

He says the doctor should have either been undertaking further assessments herself, or sending the information on to the man's urologist.

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