Tuesday, June 07, 2011

A salutary tale.

A woman who was inadvertently issued with a prescription for the wrong sort of hormone replacement for a year resulting in her taking unopposed estrogen, developed endometrial cancer. She sued the GPs concerned. The Medical Protection Society issued the following words of advice. If a specialist in secondary care issues the first prescription mistakes are much less likely to happen.

Most cancer specialists have occasions to remember when generalists have blundered in with treatments that are 'nearly' right. It is important for doctors to stay within their competence. Not every oncologist is a specialist in CLL. Most oncologists think they are.

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