Reader Letter: Why were GPs not alerted over missing mammogram invitations?

PUBLISHED: 15:07 08 May 2018 | UPDATED: 15:07 08 May 2018

A consultant analysing a mammogram to check for breast cancer. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire

A consultant analysing a mammogram to check for breast cancer. Picture: Rui Vieira/PA Wire


One reader has been left wondering why patients GPs’ were not alerted that they hadn’t been sent a mammogram invitation.

Few women look forward to their three yearly mammography.

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At the end of this exercise the anticipation of the last invitation letter will probably come as a relief. The timing of when the letter is due cannot easily be forgotten. Previous letters will have been very regular.

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Should the final invitation not arrive, you would imagine women would wonder why? Why were their GPs not alerted to take action? If questions were raised, surely the next rung of that administrative ladder must have registered a considerable fall in numbers attending mammography screening? We are instructed to be responsible for our individual health matters. But not everyone can or will see things that way. Clearly the system failed many.

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Finally, it is a feeble excuse to blame “computer error”. A computer works as it does because a human entered data, correctly, or incorrectly.

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