1. Baby born after first ever womb transplant from dead donor is shown off by her proud parents
  2. Delta tests out offering most restrictive tickets to frequent flyers
  3. Credit card skimming on the rise as Indiana man gets arrested
  4. Cohen sentencing memo details efforts to help Trump 2016 campaign
  5. INVESTMENT EXTRA: Is it time to get away from travel company Thomas Cook?
  6. Syria air strikes: Latest updates- BBC News
  7. Trump voters were ‘gullible’ in 2016 election, NBC’s Chuck Todd says
  8. President Trump to attend Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia
  9. British Library to exhibit da Vinci’s notebooks
  10. Google Earth FRENZY as 'ancient megastructure' discovered on ocean floor
  11. How Avenatti’s 2020 aspirations fizzled: ‘Skeletons came to light’
  12. Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities – BBC News
  13. Fortnite season 7 COUNTDOWN: Release date, start time, skins, snow map, servers, leaks | Gaming | Entertainment
  14. Mobile phones are seven times dirtier than TOILET SEATS, finds new study
  15. United Airlines inks deal with Avianca, Copa to grow in Latin America
  16. Raheem Sterling will keep improving, claims Man City teammate
  17. 5 ways to unearth incredible Amazon deals
  18. Antarctica bombshell as ‘pyramids and tunnels’ found on Google Earth
  19. Brexit: Gove warns of referendum if MPs don’t back PM’s deal
  20. Trump apologises to Kavanaugh: BBC News Review
  21. ‘Star Wars’ star Mark Hamill reacts to crime story about suspect named Luke Sky Walker
  22. Christmas recipes that are good for your GUT
  23. Purdue football coach’s high school alma mater receives threat after his decision to stay at school
  24. Dogs aren’t more clever than cats, says study
  25. Alien news: ‘Secret base’ spotted on MOON sparks frenzy
  26. Behind the scenes as the Kavanaugh nomination hit the rocks
  27. Car manufacturing in the UK has fallen again, dropping nearly 10 per cent last month
  28. Top 10: Latest international news and headlines from World
  29. Fortnite vehicle timed trials: ALL map locations for week 10 timed trials challenge | Gaming | Entertainment
  30. First gene-edited babies claimed in China
  31. A treasure trove of ancient history and culture
  32. Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd eye shock deal, Chelsea Hazard update, Arsenal bold move | Football | Sport
  33. Elon Musk thinks humans will have to merge with machines to overcome their ‘existential threat’
  34. Time travel PROOF? ‘Man from 2030’ reveals SHOCK US president
  35. Judge rejects Trump claim that he can’t be sued
  36. Almost one in four pubs have closed down since the financial crisis
  37. India: Has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations? BBC News
  38. Jerry Springer lands his own court show
  39. Stop panicking about indulgence on Thanksgiving
  40. Jane Maas, a Pioneer for Women in Advertising, Dies at 86
  41. Lennon ‘flattered’ by Ireland links but insists he’s happy at Hibs
  42. Share more DNA to protect your privacy in databases
  43. Life on Mars: Humans could look like ALIENS on Red Planet
  44. Catholic University dean resigns after questioning Kavanaugh accuser’s allegations that led to his suspension
  45. Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic in takeover talks with regional airline Flybe
  46. Is this the cheapest commute in the world? – BBC News
  47. Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Best in home and productivity gadgets
  48. Internet may be fuelling hypochondria after ‘Google diagnoses’ surge by more than 8,700% in 3 years
  49. Airlines cancel thousands of flights after Avery surprises East Coast
  50. Kevin Durant slams Mavericks fan who shouted cupcake at him: ‘Watch the f—–g game and shut the f–k up’
  51. Cuomo rips New York Times, CNN, others, over Amazon’s $2.8B incentive package
  52. ISS 20th anniversary: Bizarre videos of ‘UFOs’ spark NASA COVER-UP
  53. Brexit deal: Business groups hit back at DUP’s Wilson
  54. Stopping the cyber-criminals: BBC News Review
  55. Martha Stewart shares her difficult first experience with Uber on social media
  56. Lifting weights for just five minutes can slash stroke and heart attack risk
  57. We’re Reimagining Our Travel Journalism. Tell Us What You’d Like to See.
  58. Why 536 AD was the worst year to be alive
  59. Great Pyramid of Giza: Egyptian Pharaoh ‘HIDDEN in secret chamber’
  60. How will Trump take Amazon move? ‘He will think Bezos made this decision to stick it to him.’
  61. SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Pub chain Fuller’s
  62. Live Statue of Unity: Special coverage of inaugural of world’s tallest statue
  63. Jessie J ‘disappointed’ with fan comparisons to Channing Tatum’s ex Jenna Dewan
  64. NHS system error puts lives at risk as nearly 50,000 women are not sent screening letters
  65. Chiefs fans frustrated after NFL moves game vs. Rams from Mexico City to Los Angeles
  66. Bullets that don’t miss, weaponized insects and more: Innovations from DARPA, America’s secret lab
  67. Alien news: Oregon woman stunned as ’15 shape-changing UFOs’ appear
  68. Mattis heads to US-Mexico border to visit troops awaiting migrant caravan
  69. Telematics insurance has helped cut young driver casualties by a third
  70. Budget 2015 headlines in 4 minutes – BBC News
  71. Michael Douglas says famous dad Kirk Douglas told him his acting debut was ‘absolutely terrible’
  72. Now US regulators vow to ban menthol cigarettes
  73. West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass insists his side should be doing better this season
  74. Christian women in Ireland don’t believe in limbo anymore, survey finds
  75. Ancient Egypt bombshell: Shock evidence pyramids built 5,500 years early
  76. California’s Rohrabacher not conceding despite media’s call of Democrat victory
  77. Launch of dedicated ‘Poppy’ bank accounts gives boost for Armed Forces
  78. India’s campaigning Miss World – BBC News
  79. Red Dead Online release date: When does Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer come out? | Gaming | Entertainment
  80. Wynn Resorts shares fall 12 percent as it misses earnings estimates
  81. Several former NFL players win midterm races
  82. Facebook starts shipping Portal smart displays
  83. Alien news: Nazi technology ‘exposed as floating bell stuns locals’
  84. Prince Charles won’t speak out when he becomes king
  85. How do I vote if I own shares in a nominee account not paper?
  86. What if UK PM refused to allow another Scottish referendum? BBC News
  87. Legendary stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil dead at 72
  88. Opioid overdoses killed 200 Americans a DAY last year, DEA report reveals
  89. Transfer news LIVE: Neymar to Barcelona shock, Man Utd wage problem, Chelsea swap deal | Football | Sport
  90. Victorian street demolished in Second World War is found in Cornwall
  91. NASA spots huge ‘thermal anomaly’ in Atlantic Ocean sparking frenzy
  92. Avenatti stars in ‘avenging angel’ role
  93. Property prices pushed down by over valuations, a lack of supply and Brexit, say estate agents
  94. CEO Mette Hoffmann Meyer on BBC World News
  95. Jason Aldean, wife Brittany Kerr reveal daughter’s name at baby shower
  96. Phoenix Coldon’s mysterious disappearance perplexes retired officer in new doc: ‘I want to help bring some closure’
  97. Marsha Blackburn leads Phil Bredesen
  98. Is Russia still meddling in US politics? – BBC News
  99. Raheem Sterling arrives for Manchester City training with ‘Fully Paid’ hat
  100. Where to see the best fall foliage across the country
  101. New ‘sensitive’ cervical cancer screening could save women from smear tests after 55
  102. Alien news: UFO spotted ‘taking off from the moon’ in BOMBSHELL clip
  103. Sky finally launches Netflix via its Sky Q boxes
  104. John Schneider reveals ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ memories, weighs in on Tom Wopat troubles
  105. Angela Merkel’s political challenges – BBC News
  106. Essential Gear for Traveling Solo
  107. Paul Zimmerman, acclaimed NFL writer known as ‘Dr. Z,’ dead at 86
  108. Britain’s first double hand transplant patient can now open his door
  109. Ghost news: Man is ‘followed around haunted house by girl in a cape’
  110. Florida mayor accused of asking resident for sex in exchange for neighborhood speed bumps
  111. Is Mike Ashley King of the High Street? As he bags Evans Cycles, what else is in his retail empire?
  112. Kate Middleton reveals royal rule for Prince George, Princess Charlotte
  113. Trump says ‘no’ to migrants: BBC News Review
  114. Manchester United stars arrive for training ahead of Bournemouth clash
  115. NYC airport workers to earn nation’s highest minimum wage
  116. Costa Coffee stores BAN under 16s from buying caffeinated drinks
  117. Brexit Secretary ‘behaving like a thief in the night’
  118. Savills forecasts house prices will rise 15% in five years
  119. ‘Broad City’ star Ilana Glazer’s political event canceled after vandals write ‘kill all Jews’ inside synagogue
  120. World’s Tallest Statue Cost $420 Million, Tivals The Space Needle | NBC News
  121. The home of Bollywood has much to offer travelers
  122. NHL player Evander Kane facing $6M lawsuit as ex-girlfriend claims he reneged on $3M abortion payment
  123. Woman, 24, whose IBS left her looking ‘nine months pregnant’ is now a slim size 10
  124. Kasich: ‘A pox on both houses’ for Kavanaugh confirmation process
  125. Dumbo octopus monster SPOTTED by deep-sea EV Nautilus explorers
  126. Who is George Soros? – BBC News
  127. Dad creates VR world to help daughter – BBC News
  128. David Foster and Katharine McPhee show some PDA at Beverly Hills event
  129. DNA testing websites are ‘scaring women into asking for breast removal surgery’
  130. It Might Not Be a Drinking Problem, but It’s Definitely a Problem
  131. Commerce Department launches audit of steel tariff waivers
  132. Leicester helicopter crash: Schmeichel ‘stopped by police as he ran at burning helicopter’ | Football | Sport
  133. Michael Jackson ALIVE: Frenzy over King of Pop’s ‘nameless empty crypt’
  134. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry breaking royal protocol? 7 times the couple strayed from tradition
  135. ‘Heroic’ TSA agent saves man having heart attack at airport
  136. Hope for the millions of women with endometriosis as scientists edge one step closer to a ‘cure’
  137. Maxine Waters, Schiff among high-profile Dems poised to control committees if House flips
  138. Google Earth spots ‘secret spy plane’ in US military base near Area 51
  139. Parents are paying out thousands for their children to go on school trips
  140. The new MacBook Air makes it near impossible to eavesdrop
  141. Just FIVE percent of US children are meeting the recommended amount of weekly physical activity
  142. Brazilian airline Gol to offer premium class with no middle seats
  143. Retirement contribution limits will rise in 2019
  144. 5 things to binge-watch while spring cleaning
  145. No laughing matter: When exactly did clowns become scary?
  146. Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr
  147. Eyelid Lumps and Bumps
  148. 5 Ways Grains Interfere with Weight Loss
  149. Bright Eyes: More Than a Fresh Look
  150. Fighting the flu? This technology tries to help you get well faster
  151. Google hopes AI can predict heart disease by looking at retinas
  152. This startup wants to create a 3D-printed heart
  153. Expert SEO Advice on Marketing Your New Business
  154. Best Tools for Running a Retail Website
  155. How to Create an Exceptional Omnichannel Retail Experience
  156. Jimmie Johnson Mired in Career Worst 28-Race Losing Streak
  157. South Carolina Advances With 79-63 Win Over Buffalo
  158. Thomas Nears No. 1 With Another Short Round in Match Play
  159. Austin serial bomber: Self-described psychopath left behind unemotional trail of murder
  160. ‘Half my family is gone’: Mom mourns Iowa family found dead at Mexico resort
  161. March for our Lives rallies happening in every U.S. state: ‘We’re here and coming to make a change’
Sun, Dec 9, 2018
  1. Baby born after first ever womb transplant from dead donor is shown off by her proud parents
  2. Delta tests out offering most restrictive tickets to frequent flyers
  3. Credit card skimming on the rise as Indiana man gets arrested
  4. Cohen sentencing memo details efforts to help Trump 2016 campaign
  5. INVESTMENT EXTRA: Is it time to get away from travel company Thomas Cook?
  6. Syria air strikes: Latest updates- BBC News
  7. Trump voters were ‘gullible’ in 2016 election, NBC’s Chuck Todd says
  8. President Trump to attend Army-Navy football game Saturday in Philadelphia
  9. British Library to exhibit da Vinci’s notebooks
  10. Google Earth FRENZY as 'ancient megastructure' discovered on ocean floor
  11. How Avenatti’s 2020 aspirations fizzled: ‘Skeletons came to light’
  12. Maps reveal hidden truths of the world’s cities – BBC News
  13. Fortnite season 7 COUNTDOWN: Release date, start time, skins, snow map, servers, leaks | Gaming | Entertainment
  14. Mobile phones are seven times dirtier than TOILET SEATS, finds new study
  15. United Airlines inks deal with Avianca, Copa to grow in Latin America
  16. Raheem Sterling will keep improving, claims Man City teammate
  17. 5 ways to unearth incredible Amazon deals
  18. Antarctica bombshell as ‘pyramids and tunnels’ found on Google Earth
  19. Brexit: Gove warns of referendum if MPs don’t back PM’s deal
  20. Trump apologises to Kavanaugh: BBC News Review
  21. ‘Star Wars’ star Mark Hamill reacts to crime story about suspect named Luke Sky Walker
  22. Christmas recipes that are good for your GUT
  23. Purdue football coach’s high school alma mater receives threat after his decision to stay at school
  24. Dogs aren’t more clever than cats, says study
  25. Alien news: ‘Secret base’ spotted on MOON sparks frenzy
  26. Behind the scenes as the Kavanaugh nomination hit the rocks
  27. Car manufacturing in the UK has fallen again, dropping nearly 10 per cent last month
  28. Top 10: Latest international news and headlines from World
  29. Fortnite vehicle timed trials: ALL map locations for week 10 timed trials challenge | Gaming | Entertainment
  30. First gene-edited babies claimed in China
  31. A treasure trove of ancient history and culture
  32. Transfer news LIVE: Man Utd eye shock deal, Chelsea Hazard update, Arsenal bold move | Football | Sport
  33. Elon Musk thinks humans will have to merge with machines to overcome their ‘existential threat’
  34. Time travel PROOF? ‘Man from 2030’ reveals SHOCK US president
  35. Judge rejects Trump claim that he can’t be sued
  36. Almost one in four pubs have closed down since the financial crisis
  37. India: Has Narendra Modi lived up to expectations? BBC News
  38. Jerry Springer lands his own court show
  39. Stop panicking about indulgence on Thanksgiving
  40. Jane Maas, a Pioneer for Women in Advertising, Dies at 86
  41. Lennon ‘flattered’ by Ireland links but insists he’s happy at Hibs
  42. Share more DNA to protect your privacy in databases
  43. Life on Mars: Humans could look like ALIENS on Red Planet
  44. Catholic University dean resigns after questioning Kavanaugh accuser’s allegations that led to his suspension
  45. Richard Branson’s Virgin Atlantic in takeover talks with regional airline Flybe
  46. Is this the cheapest commute in the world? – BBC News
  47. Holiday Gift Guide 2018 – Best in home and productivity gadgets
  48. Internet may be fuelling hypochondria after ‘Google diagnoses’ surge by more than 8,700% in 3 years
  49. Airlines cancel thousands of flights after Avery surprises East Coast
  50. Kevin Durant slams Mavericks fan who shouted cupcake at him: ‘Watch the f—–g game and shut the f–k up’
  51. Cuomo rips New York Times, CNN, others, over Amazon’s $2.8B incentive package
  52. ISS 20th anniversary: Bizarre videos of ‘UFOs’ spark NASA COVER-UP
  53. Brexit deal: Business groups hit back at DUP’s Wilson
  54. Stopping the cyber-criminals: BBC News Review
  55. Martha Stewart shares her difficult first experience with Uber on social media
  56. Lifting weights for just five minutes can slash stroke and heart attack risk
  57. We’re Reimagining Our Travel Journalism. Tell Us What You’d Like to See.
  58. Why 536 AD was the worst year to be alive
  59. Great Pyramid of Giza: Egyptian Pharaoh ‘HIDDEN in secret chamber’
  60. How will Trump take Amazon move? ‘He will think Bezos made this decision to stick it to him.’
  61. SHARE PUNT OF THE WEEK: Pub chain Fuller’s
  62. Live Statue of Unity: Special coverage of inaugural of world’s tallest statue
  63. Jessie J ‘disappointed’ with fan comparisons to Channing Tatum’s ex Jenna Dewan
  64. NHS system error puts lives at risk as nearly 50,000 women are not sent screening letters
  65. Chiefs fans frustrated after NFL moves game vs. Rams from Mexico City to Los Angeles
  66. Bullets that don’t miss, weaponized insects and more: Innovations from DARPA, America’s secret lab
  67. Alien news: Oregon woman stunned as ’15 shape-changing UFOs’ appear
  68. Mattis heads to US-Mexico border to visit troops awaiting migrant caravan
  69. Telematics insurance has helped cut young driver casualties by a third
  70. Budget 2015 headlines in 4 minutes – BBC News
  71. Michael Douglas says famous dad Kirk Douglas told him his acting debut was ‘absolutely terrible’
  72. Now US regulators vow to ban menthol cigarettes
  73. West Ham midfielder Robert Snodgrass insists his side should be doing better this season
  74. Christian women in Ireland don’t believe in limbo anymore, survey finds
  75. Ancient Egypt bombshell: Shock evidence pyramids built 5,500 years early
  76. California’s Rohrabacher not conceding despite media’s call of Democrat victory
  77. Launch of dedicated ‘Poppy’ bank accounts gives boost for Armed Forces
  78. India’s campaigning Miss World – BBC News
  79. Red Dead Online release date: When does Red Dead Redemption 2 multiplayer come out? | Gaming | Entertainment
  80. Wynn Resorts shares fall 12 percent as it misses earnings estimates
  81. Several former NFL players win midterm races
  82. Facebook starts shipping Portal smart displays
  83. Alien news: Nazi technology ‘exposed as floating bell stuns locals’
  84. Prince Charles won’t speak out when he becomes king
  85. How do I vote if I own shares in a nominee account not paper?
  86. What if UK PM refused to allow another Scottish referendum? BBC News
  87. Legendary stuntwoman Kitty O’Neil dead at 72
  88. Opioid overdoses killed 200 Americans a DAY last year, DEA report reveals
  89. Transfer news LIVE: Neymar to Barcelona shock, Man Utd wage problem, Chelsea swap deal | Football | Sport
  90. Victorian street demolished in Second World War is found in Cornwall
  91. NASA spots huge ‘thermal anomaly’ in Atlantic Ocean sparking frenzy
  92. Avenatti stars in ‘avenging angel’ role
  93. Property prices pushed down by over valuations, a lack of supply and Brexit, say estate agents
  94. CEO Mette Hoffmann Meyer on BBC World News
  95. Jason Aldean, wife Brittany Kerr reveal daughter’s name at baby shower
  96. Phoenix Coldon’s mysterious disappearance perplexes retired officer in new doc: ‘I want to help bring some closure’
  97. Marsha Blackburn leads Phil Bredesen
  98. Is Russia still meddling in US politics? – BBC News
  99. Raheem Sterling arrives for Manchester City training with ‘Fully Paid’ hat
  100. Where to see the best fall foliage across the country
  101. New ‘sensitive’ cervical cancer screening could save women from smear tests after 55
  102. Alien news: UFO spotted ‘taking off from the moon’ in BOMBSHELL clip
  103. Sky finally launches Netflix via its Sky Q boxes
  104. John Schneider reveals ‘Dukes of Hazzard’ memories, weighs in on Tom Wopat troubles
  105. Angela Merkel’s political challenges – BBC News
  106. Essential Gear for Traveling Solo
  107. Paul Zimmerman, acclaimed NFL writer known as ‘Dr. Z,’ dead at 86
  108. Britain’s first double hand transplant patient can now open his door
  109. Ghost news: Man is ‘followed around haunted house by girl in a cape’
  110. Florida mayor accused of asking resident for sex in exchange for neighborhood speed bumps
  111. Is Mike Ashley King of the High Street? As he bags Evans Cycles, what else is in his retail empire?
  112. Kate Middleton reveals royal rule for Prince George, Princess Charlotte
  113. Trump says ‘no’ to migrants: BBC News Review
  114. Manchester United stars arrive for training ahead of Bournemouth clash
  115. NYC airport workers to earn nation’s highest minimum wage
  116. Costa Coffee stores BAN under 16s from buying caffeinated drinks
  117. Brexit Secretary ‘behaving like a thief in the night’
  118. Savills forecasts house prices will rise 15% in five years
  119. ‘Broad City’ star Ilana Glazer’s political event canceled after vandals write ‘kill all Jews’ inside synagogue
  120. World’s Tallest Statue Cost $420 Million, Tivals The Space Needle | NBC News
  121. The home of Bollywood has much to offer travelers
  122. NHL player Evander Kane facing $6M lawsuit as ex-girlfriend claims he reneged on $3M abortion payment
  123. Woman, 24, whose IBS left her looking ‘nine months pregnant’ is now a slim size 10
  124. Kasich: ‘A pox on both houses’ for Kavanaugh confirmation process
  125. Dumbo octopus monster SPOTTED by deep-sea EV Nautilus explorers
  126. Who is George Soros? – BBC News
  127. Dad creates VR world to help daughter – BBC News
  128. David Foster and Katharine McPhee show some PDA at Beverly Hills event
  129. DNA testing websites are ‘scaring women into asking for breast removal surgery’
  130. It Might Not Be a Drinking Problem, but It’s Definitely a Problem
  131. Commerce Department launches audit of steel tariff waivers
  132. Leicester helicopter crash: Schmeichel ‘stopped by police as he ran at burning helicopter’ | Football | Sport
  133. Michael Jackson ALIVE: Frenzy over King of Pop’s ‘nameless empty crypt’
  134. Meghan Markle, Prince Harry breaking royal protocol? 7 times the couple strayed from tradition
  135. ‘Heroic’ TSA agent saves man having heart attack at airport
  136. Hope for the millions of women with endometriosis as scientists edge one step closer to a ‘cure’
  137. Maxine Waters, Schiff among high-profile Dems poised to control committees if House flips
  138. Google Earth spots ‘secret spy plane’ in US military base near Area 51
  139. Parents are paying out thousands for their children to go on school trips
  140. The new MacBook Air makes it near impossible to eavesdrop
  141. Just FIVE percent of US children are meeting the recommended amount of weekly physical activity
  142. Brazilian airline Gol to offer premium class with no middle seats
  143. Retirement contribution limits will rise in 2019
  144. 5 things to binge-watch while spring cleaning
  145. No laughing matter: When exactly did clowns become scary?
  146. Vanessa Trump files for divorce from Donald Trump Jr
  147. Eyelid Lumps and Bumps
  148. 5 Ways Grains Interfere with Weight Loss
  149. Bright Eyes: More Than a Fresh Look
  150. Fighting the flu? This technology tries to help you get well faster
  151. Google hopes AI can predict heart disease by looking at retinas
  152. This startup wants to create a 3D-printed heart
  153. Expert SEO Advice on Marketing Your New Business
  154. Best Tools for Running a Retail Website
  155. How to Create an Exceptional Omnichannel Retail Experience
  156. Jimmie Johnson Mired in Career Worst 28-Race Losing Streak
  157. South Carolina Advances With 79-63 Win Over Buffalo
  158. Thomas Nears No. 1 With Another Short Round in Match Play
  159. Austin serial bomber: Self-described psychopath left behind unemotional trail of murder
  160. ‘Half my family is gone’: Mom mourns Iowa family found dead at Mexico resort
  161. March for our Lives rallies happening in every U.S. state: ‘We’re here and coming to make a change’


Almost 50,000 women in England didn’t receive letters inviting them to cervical screening tests, it was revealed today. 

An NHS blunder meant thousands of letters to female patients were not sent and more than 4,500 of those were regarding their test results.

The British Medical Association, the GPs’ trade union, has written to NHS England about its ‘extreme concern’ that so many women did not get the letters.

‘This is an incredibly serious situation,’ said the association’s Dr Richard Vautrey. He added it was ‘appalling that patients may now be at risk’ of cervical cancer.  

Some 48,500 women in England did not receive letters inviting them or reminding them to attend cervical screening tests, which can pick up on early warnings of cancer (stock image)

The error has been traced back to the private company Capita and pressure is mounting on the NHS to cut ties with the firm.

Capita apologised for the blunder, saying the correct process ‘was not properly followed’ and implying it may sack the people responsible.

The BMA accused the company of being ‘shambolic’ and said NHS England must take the blame for paying it to do the work.

The NHS sends women letters every three years after they turn 25 inviting them for a cervical screening test.

The tests pick up on abnormal cells on the cervix which, if caught early, can be removed in order to try and prevent cervical cancer.

But as many as 48,500 women may not have received their letters inviting them for screenings because of Capita’s mistake, the BMA said.

And 4,508 women missed letters about the results of their screenings – more than 100 of which are thought to have shown abnormal findings, meaning those women could be at risk of cancer.

Of those women, 90 have already been contacted and the NHS is tracking down the rest over the next 10 days, The Sun reported.

Dr Vautrey said: ‘This is an incredibly serious situation, and it is frankly appalling that patients may now be at risk because of this gross error on the part of Capita.

‘Some women will now be left extremely anxious because they have not received important correspondence, particularly letters about abnormal smear test results that need urgent follow up. This has been caused solely by Capita’s incompetence.’

CAPITA RESPONSIBLE FOR MOST DATA LOSS INCIDENTS LAST YEAR 

More than 100,000 patients were caught up in NHS data blunders between July 2016 and July 2017, and Capita was responsible for 12 out of the 18 serious errors. 

Sacks of medical records were delivered to the wrong surgeries, emails sent to private firms and confidential details published on websites.

The number of serious ‘data’ incidents doubled in a year and they were last year occurring at a frequency of one every three weeks.

According to the NHS’s own figures, some 18 serious errors were reported in 2016/17, affecting just under 101,000 patients.

In one case in July 2016, a health trust mistakenly sent confidential information about 100,000 patients to an unnamed ‘third party.

At the time the British Medical Association’s Dr Richard Vautrey said: ‘This is yet another serious failure of a service commissioned by NHS England and now run by Capita.

‘General Practice is based on the confidence patients have in their GP to take care of their important and confidential information. 

‘It is unacceptable in this context for Capita’s systems to have failed so often, badly letting down both patients and practices.’  

The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) has said women shouldn’t panic but the NHS must answer for its failings.

The body has urged the health service to ‘seriously review’ its contract with Capita, suggesting pressure will grow on NHS bosses to cut ties with the company.

Professor Helen Stokes-Lampard, RCGP chair, said: ‘This error has put patients at risk, and it will undoubtedly cause women more anxiety. 

‘It is vital everything is done as a matter of urgency to rectify the situation, and ensure all affected women are informed – particularly those who have not received their test results.

‘We urge women not to panic and to await further information – we understand that NHS England are already working to contact anyone who has been affected.’

This is not the first time Capita has messed up while working for the NHS this year.

The company was hired in 2015 to run a £330million back-office services contract for the NHS, in which it was required to crack down on ‘ghost patients’.

These are patients who don’t exist in reality but are registered at GP surgeries and, since Capita took over, the number of them has risen from three million to 3.6million.  

Health leaders are furious with the company’s failure to meet the high standard expected.  

‘Since it took responsibility for GP back room functions three years ago, Capita‘s running of these services has been nothing short of shambolic,’ added the BMA’s Dr Vautrey.

‘And after repeated warnings from the BMA and government, this is now clear evidence that its failings have put patient safety – and possibly lives – at risk.

‘It is ultimately NHS England that bears overall responsibility and it must now take this service back in-house. 

‘As the body which commissioned Capita to take on this work, despite clear warning signs that it was not up to the job, NHS England must shoulder the blame for this dreadful situation; you cannot outsource responsibility.’ 

Dr Stokes-Lampard added: ‘This is the second blunder of its kind this year, and we all need answers about why this has happened and assurance that it will not happen again.

‘We will be asking NHS England to urgently and seriously review its contract with Capita – this is the latest in a long line of serious errors made by the company, and it is clear to us that they have not properly understood the scope or complexity of the work they have bid to do to support primary care.’

An NHS England spokesperson said: ‘Every woman’s case is being reviewed, but there is no current evidence that this incident has led to harm to the women involved, and our priority now is to ensure that anyone affected by this incident is contacted, and knows how to get checked if they are due a cervical screen.’

Capita has blamed human error for the failing and taking ‘disciplinary action’ against the people responsible for covering it up, the company said.

It said an auditing team has been appointed to investigate the incident and more stringent checks put in place to try and stop it happening again.   

In a statement, Capita said: ‘We have investigated the precise circumstances around this incident, and it is clear that the correct process for uploading, organising and checking datafiles was not properly followed.

‘When the problem was discovered, it was not immediately escalated to senior leadership, or NHS England, by the individuals responsible. 

‘Capita is investigating the managerial handling of the matter and taking appropriate disciplinary action. 

‘Additionally, a senior executive responsible for this contract has already left Capita. 

‘The risk to women of this incident is low and there is no current evidence of harm, but Capita nevertheless apologises to both the NHS and to the women whose correspondence was delayed.’  

WHAT IS CERVICAL CANCER? AND HOW DOES OBESITY CAUSE THE DISEASE?

Cervical cancer affects the lining of the lower part of womb.

The most common symptom is unusual bleeding, such as between periods, during sex or after the menopause, but other signs can include:

  • Pain during sex
  • Vaginal discharge that smells unpleasant
  • Pain in the pelvis

Being overweight or obese can double a woman’s risk of cervical cancer, research suggests.

This is due to excessive fat leading to higher levels of the hormone oestrogen, which is associated with the disease.  

Other causes can include:

  • Age – more than half of sufferers are under 45
  • HPV infection – which affects most people at some point in their lives
  • Smoking – responsible for 21 per cent of cases
  • Contraceptive pill – linked to 10 per cent of cases
  • Having children
  • Family history of cervical or other types of cancer, like vagina and kidney

In the UK, the NHS invites women aged between 25 and 64 for cervical screening, known as smear tests, every three-to-four years.

This aims to pick up abnormal cells that could lead to cancer if left untreated and saves at least 2,000 cervical cancer deaths a year in the UK.

These abnormal cells can be destroyed by methods such as laser therapy or freezing treatment. 

Since 2008, girls aged 12-to-13 have been offered an HPV vaccine, which protects against more than 70 per cent of cervical cancers. 

If diagnosed, treatment depends on where the cancer is, if it has spread and the patient’s general health.

Surgery may be required, which usually removes the womb and cervix. Enough can sometimes be left so a woman can still get pregnant. 

In more advanced cases, a combination of chemo, radiotherapy and surgery may be required.

Source: Cancer Research UK 



Source link

Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

Related Article

0 Comments

Leave a Comment