Doctors at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital in Dorset have recalled 272 women for reassessment following Consultants at the hospital becoming concerned about assessments carried out by a doctor who no longer works for the Trust and the lack of follow up of the ladies concerned.
Between January 2011 and July 2012 these women were assessed by a doctor who no longer works at the hospital. They were told that they needed no further follow up.
These women have been recalled for a further assessment to ensure that they did not have breast cancer.
Solicitor, Denise Broomfield from Bonallack and Bishop commends the Bournemouth hospital for taking this follow up action. “It is good to see the Consultants being open about the problem and recalling the women concerned” she says. “In years gone by such an open attitude would not have been taken and patients would have been put at further risk”.
Denise, who has acted for a number of women who have had their diagnosis of breast cancer delayed, over her 20 years of practice continues to say:
“My experience in dealing with women who have had their diagnosis of breast cancer delayed is that it can have an adverse affect on their health and life expectancy. As a very general rule a delay of 6 months does usually not have a long term effect but a delay beyond that period can. I have worked with a number of doctors in the past who have confirmed this view. Of course, everyone hopes that the women concerned all have clear results and that there is no harm done.”
It is noted that the doctor who performed the initial examinations has been referred to the General Medical Council which is the body which regulates doctors and protects patient safety.
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