NHS scandal and heatwave on the way — Newspaper headlines
NHS scandal and heatwave on the way — Newspaper headlines
Jeremy Hunt to launch inquiry into 450000 missed breast cancer screenings
03 May, 2018, 17:30
It has emerged 450,000 women were not invited to appointments as they should have been, and as a result up to 270 maybe have "had their lives shortened", according to the BBC.
Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive at Breast Cancer Now, said it was a "colossal systemic failure".
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Mr Hunt apologised "wholeheartedly and unreservedly for the suffering caused".
But in recognition that the risk of getting breast cancer increases with age, all women aged between 50 and 70 who are registered with a GP should automatically be invited for screening every three years.
He added PHE escalated the matter to ministers in March, but it was decided the matter should not be public until remedies were in place.
Of the 450,000 women affected, 150,000 had died.
Her family said they believe she might have lived longer had her disease been caught earlier.
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Baroness Morgan said Breast Cancer Now welcomed the inquiry to ensure similar mistakes can not be made.
According to The Daily Telegraph, the inquiry will examine how the failings were allowed to continue for nearly a decade.
"We know this will unfortunately be incredibly hard news for many women to hear".
And Professor Helen StokesLampard of the Royal College of Global Positioning System said: "We are shocked to learn hundreds of thousands of women in England missed out on their breast screening".
The Times says the women face an "agonising wait" of up to six months to be checked for breast cancer because of the glitch.
The cancer has also spread to other parts of her body.
"I look back now and think everything that happened since could possibly have been avoided or lessened", Ms Minchin told the BBC.
"I would like an explanation from somebody why this happened, why I didn't get a recall".
"It's hugely significant, we have to be concerned generally about confidence in the screening process, but we need to know how it has happened".
"I feel absolutely let down".
The National Health Service could now face a massive compensation bill.
Of those who missed invitations, 309,000 are estimated to still be alive and will be contacted before the end of May to offer a "catch-up" screening.
"It's very concerning to learn that so many women have not received an invitation to screening over a prolonged period of time", said Emma Greenwood, Cancer Research U.K.'s director of policy and public affairs, in a statement.
'GPs will be advised about this at the same time as patients, so if patients are anxious, we would encourage them not to contact their GP about this matter in the first instance but to contact the dedicated national helpline that has been set up - 0800 169 2692 - or to look on the NHS Choices website for more information'.
"We think it was a single IT mistake that was made right at the start of the programme and we do understand that sometimes those kind of mistakes are devilishly hard to identify, but nonetheless there must have been clues that could have been picked up". It affects all of us.
Women in Scotland are not affected by the error because it has a different IT system.
"We wouldn't want any lives to be shortened".
An upgrade to the invitation IT system provided improved data to local services which led to the problem being identified.
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