Chemotherapy error: clinicians may be deregistered after incorrect dose

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Cancer chemotherapyThe Guardian Australia.

Hospitals failed to tell cancer patients they were under-dosed between July 2014 and January last year because of a typographical error

Eight South Australian clinicians face the prospect of being deregistered after cancer patients at two Adelaide hospitals received incorrect chemotherapy treatment.

An inquiry found that five patients at the Royal Adelaide hospital and a further five at Flinders Medical Centre were under-dosed between July 2014 and January last year because of a typographical error.

The inquiry also found staff at the hospitals failed to disclose the mistakes to patients or management.

The health minister, Jack Snelling, told parliament on Tuesday that the clinicians responsible had been referred to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra)…read the full story.

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