No-one disciplined over breast cancer screening errors

Cumberland Infirmary, Carlisle Some of those affected were tested at Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle

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No-one from hospitals where 16 women were found to have cancer after getting the all-clear has been disciplined, BBC Radio Cumbria has found.

North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust's breast screening programme was suspended last year.

The trust initially refused to reveal what happened to staff involved.

But after an appeal by the BBC to the Information Commissioner, the trust said no-one had been disciplined or suspended.

It said some staff had been required to have extra training and some had left the trust as a result of the review, but there were no further details.

Further investigation

Problems in the service were uncovered by a Quality Assurance team last summer.

About 1,600 mammograms were reviewed and some 180 women were called back for further investigation.

Of those, 16 women who were given the all-clear are now being treated for cancer.

The national screening programme for women aged between 50 and 70 at the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and the West Cumberland in Whitehaven was suspended last June.

It restarted after Christmas and is now run by staff from the Newcastle Upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust.

Managers had refused to answer questions about staff submitted last September, claiming it would breach the rights of those staff.

The BBC appealed against that decision and asked the Information Commissioner to review the case.

On the day the case was taken up by the commissioner the trust released the information.

The trust declined to comment.

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