Cancer screening negligence blunder & missing test results
November 21, 2018
Reports show over 45,000 letters containing cervical cancer test information due to go out to UK women weren’t sent. The error (occurring between January-June 2018) forces NHS bosses to reconsider the way in which screening programmes are born out. Cancer screening negligence clearly isn’t receiving its due diligence in concern by the people responsible.
The blunder has put thousands of women at risk as around 4,500 of the letters contained test results. Unfortunately, the reports show that between 150 – 200 letters actually list abnormal results leaving these patients at very high risk of delayed treatment.
Cancer screening negligence in screening system?
The NHS screening system services, however, were not the fault of the NHS alone. But by proxy, their outsourcing to a private firm, Capita along with many other NHS services which MPs have previously branded as a “shambles.” Capita blames the costly mistake on a “system error” but didn’t elaborate on it any further.
Surprisingly the British Medical Association (BMA) had already warned about the serious risks of Capita’s plans to overhaul the service. In fact, they wrote to the NHS England chief executive, citing key back-office failures that have already been made.
The Importance of Cervical Screenings
The NHS has run a screening programme for women over the age of 25 since the 1980s. Moreover, health services encourage all women over this age to have a screening.
- For women between 25-49, they suggest it occur every three years.
- With women between 50 and 64, they suggest every 5 years.
Despite what some think, screening isn’t a test for cancer. Rather, it’s just to check for abnormal changes that can occur. According to the NHS statistics, around 1 in 20 women show some degree of abnormal changes in the cells in the cervix. However, most of these changes do not lead to cervical cancer.
In the UK alone, around 3,000 cases of cervical cancer receive an official diagnosis each year. Although this seems high, the number of cases fell around 7% in the year after the introduction of the programme.
A Clear Case of Medical Cancer Screening Negligence
The recent errors in outsourcing the administration of cervical screenings to a private company are significant. Even health secretary Jeremy Hunt is acknowledging the damage: it’s highly likely these women had a positive cervical diagnosis and didn’t even know it.
Accordingly, their treatment might have taken place far earlier had their letters containing results been sent. This constitutes a clear breach of care and duty.
Complete with the pain and suffering of a patient’s unawareness to a significant alteration to their life expectancy and well-being. Moreover, it would fall under the category of “Lost Medical and Missing Test Results.”
This is an area of medical negligence we are all too familiar with at The Medical Negligence Experts. Accordingly, we speak to thousands of people every year who suffer due to poor healthcare treatment. On this occasion, it is clear that compensation will most likely be available to women who develop cervical cancer. Especially if there’s a delay in diagnosis due to the lack of information they receive.
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