Six women have been diagnosed with breast cancer after a review of assessments made in Oxfordshire.

Thirty women were recalled following concerns over screenings for the disease made by the same radiologist. They were identified by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust after a review of the 626 women seen between 2011 and 2014.

A formal investigation has been carried out by Public Health England, the NHS Breast Screening Programme and the Trust. A statement confirmed that the radiologist with the Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service at the Churchill Hospital had not undertaken assessments since the outset of investigation.

Medical director Dr Tony Berendt said the women were told they had breast cancer in September and explained this had resulted in a delay in diagnosis of "many months". The Trust said it was "extremely sorry" and the six women has been referred for immediate treatment.

Leading clinical negligence experts at Thompsons Solicitors are holding an open day on Thursday 8 January at their Oxford office for those who may be concerned and seeking legal support.

Linda Millband, National Practice Lead for clinical negligence at Thompsons Solicitors explains: “Breast cancer screening is a fundamental service, and crucial in supporting early diagnosis and providing patients with the best available treatments.

“It is exceptionally disappointing that these women have been failed through misdiagnosis, and worse, given false assurances.

“While the Trust has insisted there is no need for concern among the other women who underwent breast screening and were not invited back for further assessments, Thompsons is here for those concerned and seeking legal support.”

To speak with a clinical negligence specialist, please call 07788 992000.

The dedicated open day will be held on 8 January between 10am and 4pm at:

Unite the Union
Unit A
Bishops Mews
Transport Way