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“Unacceptable” errors found in breast screening service

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7343.933 (Published 20 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:933
  1. Caroline White
  1. London

    The UK government's health services watchdog, the Commission for Health Improvement, has found “unacceptable and avoidable” errors in a London breast screening service.

    There was no evidence of inaccurate diagnosis for the service, which achieves above average targets for cancer detection.

    The problems arose in communicating the results to patients and recalling the correct patients.

    The mistakes at the West of London Breast Screening Service, which is part of Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust, …

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