Cumbria trust 'casual' over cancer misdiagnosis

Christine Hullock was told she did not have cancer - months later she had two operations including a mastectomy.

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A woman wrongly given the all-clear for breast cancer by an NHS trust says she feels she has been treated "casually".

Christine Hullock from Penrith was told she did not have cancer in April. Months later she had two operations including a mastectomy.

In total 16 women have been treated for breast cancer after being called back for further assessment at North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust.

The trust's breast screening programme was suspended in July.

Three radiologists have been told they should not return to work until they have had more training.

Mrs Hullock is extremely critical of the North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust which runs the service at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven.

She said: "I don't think they have taken it seriously. I think they had decided they had got a hiccup.

"But its not like giving someone the wrong pill and making it better the next day.

Written apology

"They can't make better what's happened. But they don't have to live with it, I do."

Lawyers are advising some of the 16 women.

The North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust said: "We apologise to all women and their families who have been affected.

"We have written directly to all to apologise for the distress and anxiety this must have caused."

When the breast screening programme restarts, it will be run by experts from Newcastle.

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