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[Correspondence] When should the errors in the UK’s breast screening programme have been spotted?

We followed with interest the news that some 450 000 women did not receive an invitation for breast screening at age 68–70 due to a computer glitch. According to Hansard, Jeremy Hunt, the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, announced “PHE [Public Health England] analysis of trial data from the service found that there was a computer algorithm failure dating back to 2009. The latest estimates I have received from PHE is that, as a result, between 2009 and the start of 2018 an estimated 450 000 women aged between 68 and 71 were not invited to their final breast screening.”1

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