Cancer Mistakes in Hospital Lab

by Rajashri on Aug 2 2008 2:44 PM

Hereford County Hospital was the center of a mix-up in February when it was revealed that 17 patients who were declared cancer-free in fact had cancer.

Some 4,500 patients need to have their tests done again, as per a communication issued from the hospital lab. Other errors that occurred included 14 radiotherapy patients, who were told they had cancer, when that was not the case.

Hereford Hospitals NHS Trust chief executive Martin Woodford issued an apology for the error and said the incident was regrettable. "No patients that we have been able to identify have died as a result of a misdiagnosis," he added. "However, a number of patients are undergoing treatment and we cannot definitively say they will not be affected later on. It would be misleading the public to say so."

It is reported that a consultant has been suspended for the errors that happened between May 2006 and August 2007.