Thousands of women in Leicestershire impacted by breast screening error

Thousands of women across Leicestershire have been affected by the breast cancer screening error which came to light earlier this year.

Councillor Pam Posnett, chairwoman of Leicestershire County Council’s Health and Wellbeing Board revealed just how many women in our county are affected by the scandal.

In a statement, the councillor said almost 2,000 women across the county will have received a letter informing them they were among the many women across the country who were not invited for a routine breast screening due to a computer error.

As part of the NHS Breast Screening Programme, all women aged between 50 and 70 are invited for an examination every three years.

However, an investigation in January found some women were not invited when they should have been.

As a result of the computer error, it is believed hundreds of women across the UK could have died prematurely. Other women have also encountered treatment which could have been avoided if letters had been sent out.

A letter has now been sent out to all patients affected, offering them a screening appointment by the end of October.

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