Breast Cancer: Screening

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 7th January 2019.

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Photo of Helen Hayes Helen Hayes Labour, Dulwich and West Norwood

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, on what advice his predecessor made the decision to announce a serious incident in the NHS Breast Screening Programme when full information about the incident was not yet available.

Photo of Steve Brine Steve Brine The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

Based on the available clinical evidence and given the complexity of the case and the potential harm to the public, a judgement was made to announce a serious incident in the National Health Service Breast Screening Programme before all relevant factors had been comprehensively and exhaustively investigated.

The Independent Breast Screening review has concluded that it was the right decision to update Parliament and to inform the women potentially affected, based on the information available at the time.

Throughout the incident, the protection of the public’s health has been, and remains, the Government’s top priority and we have asked Public Health England, with NHS, to progress the clinical review of all women who may have suffered harm as quickly and as sensitively as possible.

The review’s report and its recommendations will be considered in detail over the coming weeks and we will be publishing a full response on behalf of the Government in the new year.

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