More than 300 women received inadequate breast screenings at Danish hospital

More than 300 women were given inadequate screenings at a Danish hospital that failed to meet national guidelines. 

Eliza Archer
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Why this story matters:

Ringsted Hospital in Denmark has reportedly been conducting inadequate breast screenings with the total number of affected women potentially totalling more than 300.

The hospital was not conducting the nationally recommended physicals or ultrasounds, and instead relied solely on mammograms.  As a result at least 10 women have since been diagnosed with breast cancer after re-examination.

Furthermore, the Danish Patient Safety Authority (Styrelsen for Patientsikkerhed, DPSA) has found on numerous occasions that the hospital breached Danish medical law by failing to tell patients that their initial results showed indications of a cancer when asking them to return for further examinations.

Details from the story:

  • 221 patients have officially been affected however some report suggest re-examination of hospital record show this number is as high as 304.
  • The screenings took place between 2013 and 2017.
  • The DPSA has threatened to pursue legal action.
  • The DSPA is investigating whether victims will be entitles to compensation.
  • Director of Ringsted Hospital, Vagn Bach, has since resigned.
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