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NHS Breast Screening Programme Incident. National screening offer to women aged 70-79 years on 01/04/2018 who have missed a final screen.

Following an investigation started in January 2018, Public Health England (PHE) and NHS England (NHSE) identified that in some instances women were not being invited for their final breast screen between their 68th and 71st birthday. Data have been analysed back to 2009 and an estimated 206,000 women on a GP register in England, now aged 70—79 years, will receive a letter. Those aged up to 72 will be sent a catch up screening invitation. Women aged 72 and above will be offered the opportunity for a screen. Routine breast screening will be unaffected and most women in these age groups will still have received their final screen.

If you are concerned that you may have been missed for a final screen further information is available here.

What went wrong

Following upgrading the NHS Breast Screening computerised invitation system, Public Health England found some technical issues with the software.

These led to variations in how local breast screening services send out their invitations.