Advertisement

Unqualified doctor clears breast cancer patients

Share this article

Photo: DPA
16:17 CEST+02:00
A radiologist from Essen ran breast-screening programmes giving women the all-clear when they had cancer.

The radiologist from Essen, North Rhine-Westphalia, ran breast-screening programmes giving women they all-clear when they had cancer.

The women were victims of a radiologist who released incorrect results for breast cancer screening for years, broadcasters NDR/WDR and the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported on Thursday.

Dr K. was able to run breast cancer screening programmes for Essen, Mülheim and Oberhausen although he was unqualified to do so. The unit was responsible for screening more than 30,000 women a year.

After complaints were made by several doctors to the regional Physicians Association (KV), the doctor’s authorization to conduct screenings under the nationwide mammography programme, which examines 2.7 million women a year, was provisionally withdrawn.

However, when women began to complain that they were not being screened, Dr K. was allowed to continue.

Although his doctor’s license to carry out screening was revoked by the Physicians Association, Professor Dr Ingrid Schreer, honorary president of the German Organization of Senology said he should have faced more “consequences”.

In spite of being informed about the faults in Dr K.'s screening unit, the KV only withdrew the license in early 2013. “Faults were found and yet the screening programme was allowed to carry on as normal,” the Süddeutsche Zeitung reported.

The results of the women's mammograms, an early detection method for breast cancer, all came back within a few days showing “no abnormalities”.

One woman who was given the all-clear by the radiologist was diagnosed with breast cancer just six months after her mammogram came back as normal.

She discovered a lump in her left breast and an enlarged lymph gland in November 2013. Her doctors said the screening should have picked up on this.

It was not until the end of 2013 that Dr K. handed over the responsibility of screening. He continues to practice as a radiologist.

SEE ALSO: Millions could pay less in health insurance

Story continues below…

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

How to get British healthcare no matter where you are

Navigating the health care system in another country can be tough, and even when it all works out, sometimes you just miss the comfort of the system back home. But there's a solution.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement