Breast Screening Advice

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted that there had been a 'serious failure' in the NHS breast screening programme today.

Health and social care secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted that there had been a 'serious failure' in the NHS breast screening programme today.

Earlier this year analysis of data showed that an IT failure dating back to 2009 resulted in 450,000 women not being invited to their final breast screening.

There will be an independent review into the facts, chaired by the chair of the Macmillan Cancer Trust and the chair of the Royal Marsden Hospital, and will be expected to report in six months.

NHS England will be writing to GPs to advise on this issue and the appropriate response to patients impacted by these failures. Any of your patients who have been affected by this incident will receive a letter by the end of May. Invitations for screening will be sent to women the week commencing 14 May and will continue over the following weeks.

– Those who are aged under 72 will automatically receive an invite for a catch-up screen
– Patients aged between 72 and 79 will also be sent information on how they can request a screening appointment through the national helpline
– All women affected who wish to have a breast screen will receive an appointment before the end of October 2018
– Women who have not received a letter by the end of May can be reassured they have not been affected by the incident
– Patients can continue to opt into further screening beyond their 72nd birthdays.

If you require any further information, please contact the following

Breast Cancer screening helpline  0800 1692692