Inept laboratory work botched cancer patients’ results, inquiry finds

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 09 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b952
  1. David Spurgeon
  1. 1Quebec

    Hundreds of patients in Canada’s Newfoundland and Labrador province with breast cancer were given inaccurate results of oestrogen and progesterone receptor hormone testing in a wholesale failure of accountability and oversight at all levels of the healthcare system, an inquiry found this week.

    In the report Justice Margaret Cameron made 60 recommendations to ensure that what went wrong will not happen again, including more training for physicians, mandatory continuing education for laboratory technologists, and better record keeping.

    The health authority at the centre of the scandal has announced that …

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