Around 450,000 women patients in England didn’t undergo a final, routine breast cancer screening because of NHS technical errors. These errors were IT issues which meant the women weren’t sent an invitation for a breast scan.
The failings started in 2009 but were only discovered this January. And it’s now thought that up to 270 women may have gone on to develop the disease. The Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has apologised and announced the setting up of an independent inquiry.