Friday February 28, 2020

BreastCheck screening programme under threat

Spectre of legal action mounts while doctors threaten to resign from service

Susan Mitchell

Deputy Editor and Health Editor

5th August, 2018

The future of the BreastCheck screening service is under threat, with doctors threatening to resign from the service, citing a toxic environment and a surge in legal threats.

Doctors heading up BreastCheck, which screens about 145,000 women per year, held a crisis meeting with senior HSE management last week, warning that their staff were experiencing considerable hostility and confrontation from patients.

The service is also dealing with a wave of legal threats. It has received more...

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