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

@susmitchellsbp
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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