Health authority admits mistakes over smear tests

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 08 August 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:368
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. Gwent

    A health authority has admitted that mistakes were made in assessing the results of cervical cancer smear tests on 14 women, two of whom have subsequently died.

    Bro Taf health authority in South Wales said the women's smear test results had been classified as less severe than they should have been and that as a consequence treatment was delayed. The authority said that both of the deaths, and the hysterectomies and radiotherapy which the other women had subsequently undergone, might have been avoided had the …

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