Radiologist missed 38 breast cancers in two years

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 08 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:281
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1London

    The delayed diagnoses of breast cancer in 18 women in north Manchester, one of whom has since died of the disease, have been blamed on the “individual failings” of one radiologist.

    The doctor missed 38 cancers in two years, but in 20 cases, his colleagues picked up his mistakes.

    But a report into the incident, commissioned by the NHS North West Strategic Health Authority, showed that the work of the radiologist went unaudited for 17 months after concerns about him were first raised.

    The report, written by Mark Baker, director of the Clinical Centre for Cancer at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, criticises the Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust, one of the two trusts involved, for “weaknesses and lack of leadership in the diagnostic role of the breast multidisciplinary team.”

    It shows that no steps were taken to audit the work of Amjad …

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