A GP has been struck off for falsifying a patient’s records to cover up a failure in her medical care.

According to the BBC report, although the GP originally recorded that the patient had shortness of breath and a chronic cough, she failed to refer her for an x-ray. In fact, she failed to make an appropriate referral on two occasions.

When the patient was later diagnosed with lung cancer, the GP, Dr Rahim, amended her records to state that the patient had no shortness of breath.

Had the GP instigated the appropriate actions by making a referral for the patient, it is possible that the patient’s cancer may have been diagnosed at an earlier stage.

The actions of the GP were described by the tribunal as ‘wholly inappropriate’ and that they ‘went to the heart of patient trust’.

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