– Mr Tony Skene, Consultant Breast Surgeon
“Although we have found no evidence of any harm, the safety of our patients is our number one priority. This is why as a precaution we are making additional contact with some patients and offering a further consultation.
The vast majority of patients who have attended the breast clinic at Bournemouth during this time remain unaffected. We do however realise that for those patients that we do recall this may lead to additional anxiety and we apologise for the distress that this may cause."
Hundreds of women have been recalled to the Royal Bournemouth Hospital amid concerns over the way breast cancer consultations were carried out.
The Hospital says the consultants are unhappy with the way a junior doctor conducted his initial assessment of some of the patients.
A spokesman said the assessment potentially did not meet their usual high standards but they had no evidence of any harm to the patients seen by the junior doctor.
Around 250 women who attended the breast clinic between January 2011 and July 2012 and were told they didn't require a follow-up appointment are being invited back for a further consultation and examination.