US News Cervical cancer patients were put at risk after being wrongly told they no longer needed checks in latest NHS screening blunder

09:21  17 may  2018
09:21  17 may  2018 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test

  'I should not even have had cancer and now I’m dying', says mother-of-five after incorrect smear test A MOTHER of five who was given incorrect smear tests results and went on to develop cancer has now been told she has cancer again, and it is terminal. Emma Mhic Mhathúna (37) was given the devastating news yesterday – just over a week after she was told she was one of the 209 women caught up in the CervicalCheck scandal.Speaking to the Irish Independent from her home in Kerry, she said she was just coming to grips with the knowledge that she need not have developed cancer at all, when she was dealt this blow.“I’m back to being numb. I was only coming back down to earth after last week and now I’m back in a whirlwind.

LESBIAN couples are being told they do not need to have cervical cancer screening tests, LGBT groups have warned. The lack of information relevant to them has resulted in more than half of eligible lesbian and bisexual women never having had a Cervical cancer screening on the NHS .

Cervical screening is a free service on the NHS . After screening was introduced, the number of cases of cervical cancer each year dropped by almost half. Does being immunosuppressed increase my risk of cervical cancer ?

File photo dated 10/09/14 of people in a GP waiting room © PA File photo dated 10/09/14 of people in a GP waiting room Women were put at risk at the hands of a company contracted to perform NHS cancer screening, a report warns.

Capita wrongly told 87 patients they no longer needed cervical cancer checks, the National Audit Office found. 

Women aged 25-49 are meant to be offered ‘smear tests’ every three years.

a sign on a pole: Women were put at risk at the hands of a company contracted to perform NHS cancer screening, a report warns © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Women were put at risk at the hands of a company contracted to perform NHS cancer screening, a report warns

A further 1,963 screening invitations meant to be sent out to women in July and August 2016 were delayed.

HSE warned about potential issues with cervical cancer checks as early as March 2016

  HSE warned about potential issues with cervical cancer checks as early as March 2016 HSE warned about potential issues with cervical cancer checks as early as March 2016Director General Tony O'Brien received a memo from the company two years ago outlining the potential problems.

Over 55s ignoring cervical cancer risk : They face six times the danger of those who are screened Figures show fewer women over 55 are being screened for cervical cancer Women have smear tests every three years between ages of 25 and 49

Also the risk of cervical cancer goes up the longer a woman takes oral contraceptives and doubles after 5 years of using them . Genetics – There are conflicting references regarding this issue.

Although the mistakes did not result in any harm, they will raise further concerns about the NHS’s cancer screening.

This month Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt admitted up to 270 women had died from breast cancer after not being invited to routine mammograms.

File photo dated 05/07/13 of Jeremy Hunt © PA File photo dated 05/07/13 of Jeremy Hunt

Capita has a £330million nine-year contract with NHS England and has promised to cut costs of running GP services by 35 per cent. 

Meg Hillier MP, of the Commons public accounts committee, said this was ‘over-ambitious … and potentially put patients at risk’.

Dr Richard Vautrey, of the British Medical Association, said Capita’s service was ‘poorly thought-out and woefully-run.’

Video: Breast cancer survivor angry at NHS computer error (ITN News)

Seven given wrong results still not contacted as efforts continue to trace woman living in Russia

  Seven given wrong results still not contacted as efforts continue to trace woman living in Russia Seven given wrong results still not contacted as efforts continue to trace woman living in RussiaThe woman is being traced by the Russian Embassy, HSE officials revealed.

♦ A cervical ectropion (often wrongly called cervical erosion) is a normal area of columnar cells on the ectocervix. Screening for squamous cervical cancer ; duration of low risk after negative results of cervical cytology and its implications for screening policies.

'The thinking was cervical cancer is very rare under 25 and so the age of screening should be raised. The NHS offers a free cervical screening test to all women aged 25-64 every three to five years. But this brave storyline ran the risk of being too powerful in Coronation Street, by Jim Shelley.

A Capita spokesman said: ‘It has been acknowledged that performance has improved. 

'Capita will continue to work with all parties to address the small number of remaining service issues.’

Cervical cancer scandal: Terminally ill Vicky Phelan calls for radical overhaul of Irish health service .
She insists she does not want to die in vain .The mother-of-two, whose smear test was wrongly interpreted, told a parliamentary committee looking into patients impacted by the issue that health officials need to be held accountable.“I’m not interested in revenge,” Ms Phelan said. “That’s not what I’m here for.”The 43-year-old from Co Limerick said she wants the outcome of the Cervical Check controversy to be accountability.

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