Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Doctor accused of missing golf ball-sized tumour three times - diagnosing piles instead

AN angry patient has told how her doctor missed a golf ball sized tumour THREE TIMES – after telling her she had piles.

Rabin Apta failed to identify tell-tale signs of rectal cancer despite repeated visits from the middle-aged victim to his surgery in Cannock, Staffordshire. And instead of urgently referring her to a specialist, he prescribed haemorrhoid cream.

Dr Apta is still practising, but could be struck off when he appears before the General Medical Council tomorrow over the bungle and other patient complaints. The cancer victim, whose family had a history of the disease, said: “He’s left me with a death sentence. I kept going to see him and he kept patting me on the head and telling me everything was fine.’’

The medic saw the woman, known as Patient A, at three appointments between November 2007 and January 2008...
Source: Birmingham Mail

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