A new report by Dr Foster, the independent health watchdog, has found that the trust which runs the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven is amongst the worst 12 in the country in regards to mortality rates.
The North Cumbria Trust rated higher than expected for both deaths following hospital treatment and deaths while in hospital care. However, deaths after surgery and deaths in low risk conditions both fell within acceptable boundaries.
Three women with breast cancer - who were wrongly given the all clear - WILL now receive compensation from the hospital trust responsible. Delays in diagnosis meant that all three of them suffered medically, and the mistake has potentially shortened how long they will live.
The North Cumbria trust which runs the hospitals in Carlisle and Whitehaven has apologised unreservedly for the mistakes made in the screening process. But despite the news, others caught up in the problem say they're still not happy. John Bevir sent this report for ITV Border.
North Cumbria Hospital Trust has admitted liability in three cases where women were told they did not have breast cancer when in fact they did. The cases date back to July 2010. The Trust has sent out formal letters of apologies to the women.
The Trust have said they willcontinue to work closely with the solicitors involved in order to try andachieve a 'satisfactory resolution of any justified claims'.
Mike Walker, Medical Director for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust, said:
“TheTrust has been proactively investigating the care delivered to women who wererecalled following the review and the suspension of the breast screeningprogramme with the aim of finding resolution as soon as we can.
“We are now in a position to accept liability in three cases and have apologised to the women involved. This organisation is committed to providing an excellent service and we recognise the importance of learning from mistakes of this nature. We have taken steps to ensure that a similar incident does not occur in the future and we apologise unreservedly for the shortcomings in their care.”
– Mike Walker, Medical Director for North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Following an investigation into the breast screening incident in NorthCumbria in July 2010, a report with recommendations for improvement waspublished. The Trust says all of the recommendations in the report have been fully implemented andare now embedded into the service.