The BBC has reported that 30 women in Oxfordshire need to be re-tested for breast cancer after five patients developed the disease following screening by the same doctor. They were identified by Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust after a review of the 626 women seen by the Oxfordshire Breast Screening Service (OBSS) between 2011 and 2014. A serious incident investigation has been launched by the Trust.

The Trust’s interim medical director, Dr Tony Berendt, is reported to have said: “Our first priority is to review the 30 women who may have had an insufficient assessment at their last visit. While we are calling those women for early review, we would also like to reassure the women of Oxfordshire that there are no concerns about how the screening service functions overall. We are extremely sorry for the anxiety that will no doubt be caused to women who have had to be recalled and we will be offering them every support throughout this process.”

The investigation is being conducted by NHS England Thames Valley, the national NHS Breast Screening Programme, and the trust.