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London trust lost track of over 1000 patients referred for suspected cancer

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 06 July 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e4656
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

Poor record keeping at a London NHS hospital trust meant that more than 1000 patients referred for suspected cancer were not properly recorded as having been seen or, where appropriate, treated.

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust admitted in May that the records of some patients referred to it in the previous year were incomplete and has since been reviewing the cases involved. So far, it said in a statement, there was no evidence that any cancer diagnoses had been missed or that any patients had come to clinical harm. A review group has been set up to examine 74 cases where, according to the referring GP, the patient …

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