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This article was published on September 21st, 2018
450,000 women failed to get their letters inviting them for routine breast cancer check ups in breast screening programme failure.
This has been a hot topic in our news since Jeremy Hunt issued an apology for an “IT glitch or error” which meant approximately 450,000 women failed to get their letters inviting them for routine breast cancer check ups.
A promise was made that letters would be sent to each and every person to set up further appointments. Amazingly this “error” apparently occurred in 2009 and it was only picked up in 2018?
We know there will have been some avoidable deaths as a result, we know there are women out there who now face terrible choices as a result of delays in diagnosis and unfortunately the discovery has come too late for some who now have no choice to make.
This affected hospitals throughout the country including those local to you. Currently we are assisting women who unfortunately have fallen into this situation, in one case they have had breast cancer previously and should have been considered high risk for recurrence in the future, yet after 2 check ups they simply seemed to fall off the system. 5 years later having seen the news and heard the Government’s apology they decided to contact the hospital to ask why they had not been recalled. Unfortunately her worst fears have materialised. Apologies are largely empty words in this situation.
We have been able to help with treatment and compensation. We appreciate we cannot turn back the clock but sometimes financial assistance can relieve the stress and facilitate the road to recovery.
If you feel that you could be one of these women and are now suffering adverse effects due to the delay call us to see if we can help.
If you are in the tragic situation of having lost someone to breast cancer where you felt they did not receive adequate follow up then again its worth a call to take to us. We are trained in the delay of, and misdiagnosis of cancer claims.
There continues to be a lot of scepticism in breast screening programs and whilst over 2.5 million people are invited to breast screen only about 70% actually go. In 2017 18,400 cancers where picked up. It is a valuable check.
Unfortunately it is estimated that the group who were most affected by this IT glitch, were in the age group 68-71, therefore they could be any where from 77 to 81 years of age now.
Please don’t leave it to chance, get checked. If you are concerned that you may have been missed as a consequence of the breast screening programme failure, call us today on 0800 1979 345, or complete our simple enquiry form.