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Thousands caught up in cervical screening blunder

More than 40,000 women in England have not received information regarding cervical cancer screening after a failure to send out letters by the NHS.

The errors were made between January and June.

Around 4,000 of them were results of tests, the remainder were letters inviting them for screening or reminding them they were due.

Between 150 and 200 of the test results that were not sent out were abnormal results.

Nearly half of these have since been chased up and no harm has been caused, an NHS England source said.

The remainder are being contacted, the source said.

The service is provided for NHS England by Capita.

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BBC News – Health