Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Up to 270 Women In England May Have Died As A Result Of Computer Error That Led Them To Miss Breast Cancer Screenings.

The AP (5/2) reports that yesterday, Jeremy Hunt, “Britain’s health minister, apologized...for what he called a ‘serious failure’ that resulted in hundreds of thousands of women in England not being invited to a screening test for breast cancer.” He “said...in Parliament that the mistake appeared to be the result of a ‘computer algorithm failure’ dating back to 2009.”

The Washington Post (5/2, Erickson) reports, “Hunt told lawmakers that all of the women who should have received a screening will get a letter by the end of May, urging them to come in for an appointment.”

CNN (5/2, Senthilingam) reports, “Early indications suggested that between 135 and 270 women had their lives shortened as a result of the error, Hunt said.” Also covering the story are BBC News Online (UK) (5/2), U.S. News & World Report (5/2, Lardieri), Reuters (5/2, Shirbon), the Telegraph (UK) (5/2, Donnelly, McCann), and The Guardian (UK) (5/2, Elgot).

Author: Nicole Hardy

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