2 May 2018

Responding to an announcement from Jeremy Hunt, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, revealing that an IT error prevented final breast screening invitations in England being sent to women aged between 68 and 71 between 2009 and 2018, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, says:

“Hundreds of thousands of women across England have been failed by this appalling error and some have had their lives shortened as a result.

“It is shocking that almost a decade has passed before this mistake was discovered. Women affected and their loved ones will be left reeling, both scared and confused. The number one priority now must be to ensure that they get all the support and information they need.

“This incompetence must not be allowed to happen again. All eligible women must be offered the opportunity to attend screening and be guaranteed the information they need to make their own minds up. Our expert nurses are here for anyone with questions on 0808 800 6000.”

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For further information, please contact:

Sophie Softley Pierce, PR Manager, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3505 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

Sophie.pierce@breastcancercare.org.uk 

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. breastcancernow.org