Smear tests investigated28th March 2007
Women in Devon who had abnormal smear tests may not been followed up due to an administration error, it has been revealed.
The former Devon Primary Care Trust said it was unsure whether 161 women over the last five years had been recalled for repeat tests or treatment. The problem was uncovered following checks when the trust merged with Exeter PCT.
As part of the investigation, they checked thousands of records and believe the vast majority of abnormal results were followed up. But they said there was not enough evidence in up to 200 cases to be certain appropriate action had been taken.
The trust moved to assure women that no-one had been given wrong results and all those with abnormal results would have been told. The PCT said it was unlikely that any of the women would have developed cancer.
The PCT has launched an inquiry and set up a helpline for anyone concerned about their test.
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