Liability Admitted in Breast Screening Compensation Claims

Posted on: June 4th, 2014 by Editor

The NHS Trust responsible for two hospitals which had to suspend breast screening services due to “serious problems” has now admitted liability in three breast screening compensation claims.

The medical director of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, Mike Walker, announced to the press that apologies had been sent to three women who had initially been given the all-clear after routine breast screening at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, only to find out following a review that they were suffering from breast cancer.

The three women´s breast screening compensation claims – and a number of others which have been made against the NHS Trust – followed a major investigation after a Quality Assurance team had identified “serious problems” with the way in which the routine breast screening procedures were followed-up. More than 1,600 mammograms were reviewed in the investigation with 180 women re-called for further checks and 16 of those originally given the all-clear now being treated for breast cancer.

In these circumstances, claims for breast screening compensation are only possible when the negligence of the hospital has affected the woman´s treatment, prognosis or life expectancy and, following the admission of liability in three breast screening compensation claims, Mr Walker said that the NHS Trust will investigate the other claims with the aim of achieving a satisfactory resolution as quickly as possible.


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