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Blackpool Victoria Hospital recalls women for cancer tests

Dozens of women have been recalled for further breast cancer tests after Blackpool Victoria Hospital radiologist failed to follow proper procedures.

An investigation by Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust found the radiologist's actions caused a delay in diagnosing a patient.

The trust said the patient should have had a biopsy which would have picked up breast cancer earlier.

The radiologist was no longer working for the NHS, the trust said.

'Sincerely apologise'

The trust said the radiologist was conducting an ultrasound scan and failed to then carry out a biopsy on the patient, contrary to guidelines.

An audit was done of the previous work carried out by the radiologist.

Following the audit of almost 500 ultrasound scans, concerns were raised over 24.

The patients concerned have been asked back to have reassessments.

Medical Director Dr Mark O'Donnell said: "We would like to sincerely apologise for any anxiety this may have caused them and their families.

"All of the patients who have been at any possible risk of delayed diagnosis have been contacted by telephone or by hand delivered letter and we have arranged to see them as quickly as possible.

"We understand that other patients may also be worried. However we can assure them if they have not been contacted by the hospital already, they should have no cause for concern."

The trust referred the case to the General Medical Council.

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