Q: I missed out on a final breast cancer screening, what can I do?
A: Jeremy Hunt today said surviving women who are still in their early 70s will be offered a catch-up screening. A helpline has also been set-up.
All women affected who wish to be screened will be invited to one in the next six months – he said most would be screened sooner than that.
The NHS Choices website provides further information and the option to contact your local unit to book an appointment.
All affected women registered with a GP will receive a letter by the end of May with further information.
Anyone concerned can contact the helpline on 0800 169 2692.
Q: How do I know if I did not receive my screening invitation?
A: All women affected who are registered with a GP will be informed by letter from Public Health England (PHE) by the end of May 2018.
Women affected aged up to their 72nd birthday will receive a letter inviting them for a catch-up screen.
Women aged 72 to 79 will receive a letter providing clear information on what to do next if they want to have a screen.
These women, aged 72 to 79, will be asked to contact the helpline.
Women, aged 70 to 79, currently registered with a GP, who do not receive a letter from PHE can be assured they are not affected and do not need a catch-up screen.
Q: How many women have been affected by the scandal?
A: Between 2009 and the start of 2018, up to 450,000 women aged between 68 and 71 were not invited to their final breast screening.
Women in England between the ages of 50 and 70 are currently automatically invited for breast cancer screening every three years.
Q: Who is eligible for compensation?
A: Mr Hunt made clear in his comments in Parliament that any case where the missed scan is established as a 'likely cause of death' would be eligible for compensation.
Previous negligence cases over cancer diagnosis have led to payouts of between £65,000 and close to £1million.
For more information call the helpline on 0800 169 2692.
Q: What will prevent something like this from happening again?
A: The Health Secretary has ordered an independent inquiry to find out exactly what went wrong, how many people died and who is entitled to compensation. He has promised the Government will be 'transparent' about what went wrong.
The review, to be led by the chair of the Macmillan Cancer Trust and chair of the Royal Marsden Hospital, will take around six months.
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