Royal Bournemouth Hospital breast clinic recalls 'worrying', says charity

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A cancer charity has said a hospital's recall of patients who visited a breast cancer clinic is "extremely worrying".

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital has asked 272 patients to have reassessments because a junior doctor failed to follow proper procedures.

Breakthrough Breast Cancer said it was concerned about "any variation" in standards, but said women should not be discouraged from getting assessments.

The affected check-ups were carried out between January 2011 and July 2012.

The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said concerns were raised over the way the women were assessed by the junior doctor, who is no longer working for the trust.

Consultant breast surgeon Tony Skene said "no evidence of harm" had been found, but said safety had to be the trust's priority.

The hospital said patients would be contacted by letter and offered a prompt appointment.

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