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Posted on 2nd August 2017

Doctor Admits He Did Not Read Notes Of Patient Who Later Died From PE

A 25 year old woman from Kent died from a pulmonary embolism after a doctor claimed he did not see the medical notes of the patient but his handwritten notes were found on the medical records.

The woman who was a recovering drug addict was taking methadone for treatment of her drug addiction. She decided to stop taking the medication for a few days.

The mum of three had attended her hospital because she was in pain three weeks after suffering an ectopic pregnancy. Whilst at the Kent hospital she was examined by Dr Kamran Khan who diagnosed her symptoms as a result of stopping taking the methadone.

Dr Khan discharged the patient but she did not leave the hospital, she died hours later due to a pulmonary embolism (blood clot).

Dr Khan had initially claimed at the inquest into the death of the young mum that he had not seen the medical records and was not aware of how serious her pain was. During cross examination, Dr Khan was shown the medical records of the woman which had his handwriting on forcing the doctor to admit he had not read the medical notes before making his diagnosis.

The coroner at the inquest ruled that her death was “Due to the failures of the doctors”

Dr Kamran Khan currently continues to practice at the Kent hospital however he is being investigated by the General Medical Council and he is to submit his case to them this month before a decision regarding his fitness to practice is made.


A pulmonary embolism is a blockage in the lungs which has travelled there from a different part of the body. In a study of six GP practices covering more than 50,000 patients, it was found that of 130 patients with symptoms of PE, 26% had a delayed diagnosis.

Misdiagnosed pulmonary embolisms are common causes of medical negligence claims against the NHS and there are a variety of tests which can be performed to identify a PE. Misreading of test results happens quite frequently and again are commonly the reasons why clinical negligence claims are started.

If you or a loved one have had a pulmonary embolism and it was misdiagnosed causing further injury or if your test results have been misread and your condition has worsened you may have grounds to make a clinical negligence claim.

Contact us on 0330 355 9210 or for a free claim assessment.