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Pancreatic cancer 'missed 19 times by NHS'

A terminal cancer patient says the NHS failed to diagnose the disease despite 19 doctor and hospital visits.

Julia Rogers, 58, from Newton Abbot, Devon, said she only found out she had inoperable pancreatic cancer after she paid £600 for a private scan.

Ms Rogers told the BBC South West's Sally Mountjoy: "It curtails my life expectancy rather dramatically."

In a statement from NHS England, on behalf of South Devon Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Torbay Hospital, Totnes Community Hospital and South Devon and Torbay Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "We are very sorry to hear about Ms Rogers' diagnosis and the difficulties she seems to have encountered over an extended period.

"This clearly calls for thorough investigation on behalf of all NHS organisations involved.

"We will be seeking an early meeting with Mrs Rogers to understand her concerns more fully."

  • 07 Jul 2014
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