18,000 cancer patients' files lost every year

Around 18,000 cancer patients have their medical files lost every year in hospitals, according to Macmillan Cancer Support.

Around 18,000 cancer patients have their medical files lost every year, research has found. Credit: Press Assocation

A poll for the charity found 11 percent of cancer patients admitted to English hospitals every year have their medical file lost by a doctor or nurse.

The charity estimates around 18,000 of the 170,000 patients admitted to hospital have their file lost, which could impact on treatment.

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18,000 cancer patients' files lost

Around 18,000 cancer patients have their medical files lost every year in hospitals, according to research by the charity Macmillan Cancer support.