Asons warn of the risk of breast cancer misdiagnosis after Royal Bournemouth Hospital recall 272 patients for reassessment

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Being screened for Cancer of any kind can be for some, a traumatic and distressing experience, and for a high number of patients at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital, this is been made worse with the alleged infliction of medical malpractice, caused by a Junior doctor that failed to follow correct procedures (1).

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It’s worrying that so many people have been recalled due to the actions of just one individual

According to a BBC report, it is alleged that 272 patients have been called back for reassessments for breast cancer screenings, which had attended the hospital in between January 2011 and July 2012 (1), leading to suspicions of breast cancer misdiagnosis, and the delay in treatment for breast cancer for many UK women.

The Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust raised concerns about the way in which a junior doctor was assessing women, stating “This assessment potentially did not meet our usual high standards”. The doctor in question is no longer working in the hospital according to the article.

Tony Skene, consultant breast surgeon said “Although we have found no evidence of any harm, the safety of our patients is our number one priority. We do however realise that for those patients that we do recall this may lead to additional anxiety and we apologise for the distress that this may cause”.

Although it has been claimed that patients will be offered access to a support telephone line in the interim before their appointments (1), Asons Executive Suzanne Yates has stated that this not enough. She said:
“Whilst there isn’t any evidence at present to suggest that negligent medical treatment was provided at Royal Bournemouth Hospital, it’s worrying that so many people have been recalled due to the actions of just one individual. Hopefully these women will be fine, but if a second assessment shows that mistakes have been made, these women may find that they have been misdiagnosed and this delay in confirmation might have damaging consequences if they have cancer, but haven’t been treated.

Asons Solicitors urge anyone affected by the actions of the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to come forward if they have a suffered unnecessarily as a result. A medical negligence solicitor, such as Asons, can support victims in claiming compensation for substandard care such as this, allowing victims to reclaim their quality of life.

(1)    BBC news Dorset, 4th May 2013, Royal Bournemouth Hospital Breast Cancer Screening Recall.

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