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12 October 2015

Cervical cancer pathologist investigated after more than a hundred mistakes

The NHS is investigating a pathologist after more than one hundred errors were made during cervical tests at numerous hospitals across the UK.

The doctor in question, Bertrand Denarie, had short spells working at hospitals in Gateshead, Bristol and Salford between 2013 and 2015.

The North Bristol NHS Trust investigated him and found mistakes across 106 cases, two of which led to a delay in cancer diagnosis. A spokesperson from the NHS has said the patients are now receiving appropriate care, following ‘immediate action’. Although they have all been notified, 11 of the patients now need additional testing as a result of the errors.

Dr Peter Turkington is the Medical Director for standards and performance at the Salford Royal Hospital, where Dr. Denarie worked for a short period at the end of 2014. He said errors with cervical biopsy tests “had the potential to lead to minor harm for the patients concerned. We apologise unreservedly for any stress or inconvenience that this has caused.”

It has been confirmed that the General Medical Council (GMC) are investigating Dr. Denarie and he “must not report on any cervical biopsy specimens” in the future.

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