13 December 2018

Responding to the publication of the Independent Breast Screening Review report, announced in May following a serious incident in the screening programme, Samia al Qadhi, Chief Executive of Breast Cancer Care, says:

“While it’s a relief the number of women affected by the breast screening incident is dramatically fewer than expected, it is exasperating that hundreds of thousands across England have been caused needless distress and anxiety for months.

“It is incredibly disconcerting that there is a total lack of leadership and accountability for such a crucial programme for women’s health. Having fragmented responsibilities without a sense of a bigger picture is worrying as this can open the door to such appalling mistakes.

“The review into the cancer screening programmes and the long-awaited NHS Long Term Plan now offer the opportunity to get to grips with these fundamental issues once and for all, to deliver a screening programme that is fit for the future - as it remains the best tool we have to detect breast cancer early.”

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For further information, please contact:

Sophie Softley Pierce, Breast Cancer Care

020 7960 3505 (out of hours 07702 901 334)

sophie.pierce@breastcancercare.org.uk

About Breast Cancer Care

Breast Cancer Care is the only specialist UK wide charity providing support for women, men, family and friends affected by breast cancer. We’ve been caring for them, supporting them, and campaigning on their behalf since 1973.

Today, we continue to offer a unique range of support including reliable information, one-to-one support over the phone and online from nurses and people who’ve been there. We also offer local group support across the UK.

From the moment someone notices something isn’t right, through to their treatment and beyond, we’re there to help people affected by breast cancer feel more in control. www.breastcancercare.org.uk