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Hospital Director Fired After 100s of Botched PAP Smear Tests

May 21, 2005 |
PAP smear procedure

Hundreds Of Women's Cancer Screening Tests Were Botched.

The boss of the Jacobi Medical Center, New York, and the deputy director of nursing services responsible for women's health services, were dismissed after hundreds of women's cancer screening tests were botched the women were not informed of the results of their PAP smear tests. Joseph Orlando had been head of the city-run center for a decade.

As many as 307 women were not told about the abnormal results (PAP smear tests).
If a woman has an abnormal PAP smear test result, she needs to undergo further tests to see whether or not she has cervical cancer. Many had not known what their results were for over twelve months.

Fortunately, recent follow up has showed that none of the 307 women had cancer. Nearly all the women have been told.

"We are playing with people's lives here.

Michael R. Bloomberg, Mayor of New York was ˜incensed' and said, "We are playing with people's lives here. The question is Was supervision adequate up the chain? I think the answer is clearly no."

The center employed just one clerk to deal with about 20,000 PAP smear tests in one year the clerk's work was not monitored. It was only because one patient complained about not getting her results that the problem came out in the open.

What is a PAP smear test?

The health professional takes a sample of cervical wall cells by scraping the cervix. These cells are then sent away to be tested. The test can tell whether a woman may have abnormalities of the cervix that may lead to cancer.

Women are generally advised to have regular PAP smear tests either when they become sexually active or when they reach the age of 18 (whichever comes first).

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