Preliminary investigation into Royal Lancaster breast screening

NHS England is carrying out a preliminary investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme. It is after a whistleblower raised concerns about the unit's performance. The service is run by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

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Preliminary breast screening investigation at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

NHS England is carrying out a preliminary investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme.

It's after a whistleblower raised concerns about the unit's performance.

The service is run by Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

The trust says it has no conclusive evidence to show that anyone's breast cancer diagnosis has been avoidably delayed, and that women should continue to attend screening. Katie Hunter reports.

Preliminary investigation into Royal Lancaster breast screening

NHS England is carrying out a preliminary investigation into the North Lancashire and South Cumbria Breast Screening Programme.

It is after a whistleblower raised concerns about the unit's performance.

The service is run by Morecambe Bay NHS Trust at the Royal Lancaster Infirmary.

"So far, we have two reviews but we have no evidence to show conclusively that anyone's breast cancer diagnosis has been avoidably delayed.

"We are now supporting NHS England as they look again at our services and it is absolutely right that no stone should be left unturned whenever a staff member raises any kind of alarm.

"We haven't publicised our investigations so far because the last thing we want to do is cause extra worry among women who already have a cancer diagnosis or put women off screening, when we have no conclusive evidence of any problem."

– George Nasmyth, Medical Director of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

The investigation will be chaired by Carole Panteli, director of nursing and quality for the Lancashire Area Team.

"A cross-organisational investigation team has been set up and a review is underway. We expect a report to be produced by early September and are working closely with the trust and other partner organisations. We are committed to ensuring the very best outcomes for women in our care."

– Carole Panteli, director of nursing and quality for the Lancashire Area Team

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