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NYC Hospital Fails to Tell of Cancer Tests

May 18, 2005 | AP A New York City hospital admits that it didn't inform hundreds of women of their abnormal results on a cancer-screening test. An emergency review of all Pap smear tests at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx since late 2003 showed that 307 women were never notified of their atypical results.

Most of the women had a low level of risk, meaning they probably had an inflammation or an infection, not cancer. But 30 patients tested for an elevated risk of cancer.

Officials blame a clerical worker assigned to check the results and send letters to women who tested abnormally. The unidentified worker has been suspended.

Executive director Joe Orlando was also suspended, along with several other employees.

Alan Aviles, acting president of the Health and Hospitals Corporation - which oversees city hospitals says the notification process would be overhauled.

The mistakes came to light when an unidentified patient complained that she never heard about her test results.

All but one of the 307 women had been contacted by Tuesday night.

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