More than 40,000 women have not received information on cervical cancer screening after the NHS contractor Capita failed to send out letters.
The problem, which occurred between January and June, affected 43,200 women who were supposed to receive an invitation or a reminder but received only one of the two, and also led to the delays of 4,508 results letters, the company said.
Capita said only a small proportion of the results required further examination, and the affected patients should all have been contacted directly by their GP. NHS England said there was no evidence so far that anyone had come to harm.
Full story in The Guardian, 14 November 2018
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