Breast cancer survivors have complained that screening letters are forcing them to relive the trauma of their battle.
Women who have had double mastectomies to remove the disease have said they are still receiving invitations for mammograms, even though they have do not need to be screened.
Now, charities are calling on the NHS to better link its IT systems in order to prevent the distress.
The NHS system automatically posts letters to British women between the ages of 50 and 70 who are registered to a GP to invite them for regular breast screenings, including the time and date of the appointment.
According to NHS Digital, Women in England are called and recalled for screening using an application called Breast Screening Select (BSS).
Using the application, doctors flag higher risk individuals as well as remove patients from the system.
However this is not always the case and women who have survived the disease and are living ‘“flat” – having had two mastectomies – are still being given screening appointments.
Running a database. Or even, making sure the information on one is correct. This is not beyond the wit of man. Although it does seem to be beyond the ability of a bureaucracy. Which is one good reason why perhaps we shouldn’t use bureaucracies to run things.
Or maybe it’s just Hayek’s pretence of knowledge. Either way, not hopeful for this method of doing things, is it?