Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Hospital seeks legal advice after test 'inaccuracies'

An Isle of Man hospital has sought legal advice after "inaccuracies" were found in a series of cancer treatment tests, confirms the health minister.

In Tuesday's House of Keys, David Anderson said Noble's hospital will get specialist advice from the UK.

The hospital said more than 20 breast cancer patients have been recalled for a treatment review after a series of hormone test inaccuracies.

Mr Anderson added: "The matter is being treated with the utmost urgency."

Rise to 40

Last week it was revealed that no breast cancer patients have been misdiagnosed, but some may been given the wrong treatment plan.

The inaccuracies were uncovered in the hormone tests which determine what treatment patients should have.

"Investigations are continuing to identify the cause of the unreliable results," continued Mr Anderson.

"The department has notified all the patients affected and arrangements have been made for these women to be seen as soon as possible- so far, all but two have been seen, I'm not sure why that is, they may be on holiday."

A hospital spokesman said the number of those affected could, in time, rise to about 40.

Anyone with immediate concerns is asked to contact the breast care team at Noble's Hospital.

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