Breast Cancer scandal: 270 woman died after NHS computer error denied screenings

  • Breast Cancer scandal: 270 woman died after NHS computer error denied screenings

Breast Cancer scandal: 270 woman died after NHS computer error denied screenings

Dr Emma Pennery, clinical director at Breast Cancer Care, revealed the charity's helpline was set to receive four times its usual number of calls by the end of Thursday.

Mr Gough said following her diagnosis Trixie underwent an operation, chemotherapy, radiotherapy and then scans every three months during which her cancer was under control. "The women contacting us are feeling angry, confused and want answers. Our expert nurses are here for anyone with questions or concerns on 0808 800 6000".

Trixie Gough, 76, from Norfolk, died in 2015 from breast cancer.

"Ultimately, we need funding for more training posts for radiologists to ensure the screening programme - and the NHS as a whole - has the vital imaging doctors it needs", said Caroline Rubin, vice president for clinical radiology at The Royal College of Radiologists.

"I'm angry, we won't know if it would have lengthened her life of saved or life - but we will always wonder now", she said. "It's hard to lose somebody and to have tried to have moved on through your grief and then have it all brought back". The study showed the same women were at least 25% more likely to obtain future colorectal cancer screenings (AOR range, 1.25 - 1.47, depending on breast biopsy; both P .001).

"I look back now and think everything that happened since could possibly have been avoided or lessened", Ms Minchin told the BBC. It is hard to imagine what some of the worst affected families will be going through over the next few weeks.

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He said the error was a serious failure of the screening program, which is run by Public Health England and tests are carried out by NHS hospitals.

Of the half a million women who should have been invited to a scan, an estimated 309,000 are still alive. It's a tragedy for any particular woman to have missed her cancer being detected earlier because of an administrative error, and so Hunt is right to be abject with his apology.

The failure was brought to PHE's attention in January this year, and PHE told health ministers in March.

In England, where the error took place, 71% of invited women attended a breast screening previous year.

"On behalf on the government, public health England, and the NHS, I apologise wholeheartedly and unreservedly for the suffering caused". It affects all of us.

It is thought that women in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland were not affected.

"We wouldn't want any lives to be shortened". "With cancer care costs rapidly increasing, culturally appropriate strategies are urgently needed to address this problem".

It is not known whether any delay in diagnosis resulted in avoidable death, but it is estimated that between 135 and 270 women had their lives shortened as a result, he said. Their situation is bad enough without them, and their families and friends, feeling they could have been helped if only they had received that letter.