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Missed diagnosis is a sad fact of medicine. But the significant number of patients who were mistakenly given the all-clear for bowel cancer in Wexford Hospital is particularly worrying.
Wexford Hospital was chosen as one of the centres to provide colonoscopies - invasive bowel exams - by BowelScreen. This free national screening programme was set up in 2012 to invite people in the 60-to-69-year age group to take a test for potential cancer.
National screening programmes have to ensure a gold standard of care - so any hospital chosen to perform these procedures has to meet the highest performance criteria.