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Portsmouth hospital missed lung cancer cases

From BBC - November 30, 2017

A hospital failed to spot cases of lung cancer because it did not check patients' chest X-rays properly, the Care Quality Commission has found.

The health watchdog found that three patients at Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth suffered "significant harm".

It emerged that junior doctors complained they had been asked to carry out specialist radiology work without the appropriate training.

The CQC has now launched a review of NHS radiology services in England.

All NHS bodies have been instructed to provide details about their backlogs, turnaround times, staffing and arrangements for routine reporting of images.

Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust said it had made an unreserved apology to the families of the three patients, two of whom have died.

During their visit in July, CQC inspectors also found the hospital had a backlog of 23,000 chest X-rays.

None of the 23,000 images from the preceding 12 months had been formally reviewed by a radiologist or appropriately-trained clinician.

'Specialist skill'

During the visit, inspectors learned some junior doctors had been given responsibility for reviewing the chest and abdomen X-rays.

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