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Breast screening inquiry sees six diagnosed

Posted in: Medical Negligence 

Six women have been diagnosed with breast cancer after thirty women were recalled after screening concerns. A review of the assessments carried out in Oxfordshire identified concerns over screenings by a particular radiologist. The Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust reviewed the 626 screenings carried out between 2011 and 2014 and called 30 back in for re-screenings. The trust said it was “extremely sorry” for the errors and immediately referred the six women for treatment.

The review was initiated after five women developed “interval cancer” between their routine examinations. Two different radiologists have now reviewed the tests that were carried out during the assessment process. The radiologist who carried out the screenings originally, who worked with the Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service at the Churchill Hospital, has not been permitted to undertake assessments since the investigation opened.

“No concerns” over screening programme

Medical director Dr Tony Berendt stressed that there were “no concerns” about the general functioning of the county’s breast screening programme.  He said that women who underwent screenings, and were not invited back for reassessment, should not be concerned.  

He said: “Our priority has been to ensure that we have picked up all breast abnormalities and investigated them thoroughly. We, of course, recognise the impact of this issue for all concerned.” He added that this additional level of testing would ensure that the chance of mistakes is now much smaller.

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