Oxfordshire breast cancer screening inquiry as 30 women recalled

Thirty women in Oxfordshire are to be reassessed for breast cancer after five patients developed the disease following screening by the same doctor.

They were identified by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust after a review of the 626 women seen between 2011 and 2014.

Results showed they required "urgent appointments" to "ensure... any breast abnormalities have been picked up".

A formal "serious incident" inquiry has been launched within the trust.

The Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service (OBSS) has assessed all the women, aged between 50 and 70, within the last three years and would not normally invite them back for a further three years.

'Service monitored closely'

A trust spokesman said: "An investigation is under way with no conclusions yet."

The trust's interim medical director, Dr Tony Berendt, said: "Our first priority is to review the 30 women who may have had an insufficient assessment at their last visit.

"While we are calling those women for early review, we would also like to reassure the women of Oxfordshire that there are no concerns about how the screening service functions overall.

"Women can be confident about the quality of the service they receive. It is monitored closely and the wider investigation was triggered by the trust's own quality review processes.

"We cannot speculate on the outcome of the recall.

"We are extremely sorry for the anxiety that will no doubt be caused to women who have had to be recalled and we will be offering them every support throughout this process."

The trust said it believed the majority of the women would require "no further action".

The investigation is being conducted by NHS England Thames Valley, the national NHS Breast Screening Programme, and the trust.

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