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NHS bosses put my life at risk - it's frightening.

MOTHER-OF-TWO Mary Beaton said health bosses put her life at risk to cover the cancer smear blunder.

The 38-year-old needed laser treatment after a smear test in 1990 produced abnormal results.

But Mrs Beaton, who is in the most at-risk group out of the 19,345 people affected, was dropped from the life-saving screening programme just months later.

Last night she attacked NHS bosses, saying: "They are totally and utterly incompetent and have kept it quiet since 1997.

"I want to know why. I am going through hell here. It is frightening they can do this to us."

Abnormal cells were discovered in a smear test after the birth of her first son in 1990. She was started on laser treatment but it stopped seven months later when she became pregnant again.

In 1992 she moved from Denny, in the Forth Valley health board area, to Perth in Tayside and heard no more about her condition.

She said: "I haven't been asked to come back or sent a letter to come back. I haven't been called for a smear to see if the treatment worked. Hopefully it has, but it's really scary.

"I should probably have contacted them myself but you trust them to know what they are doing and it is up to the health board not to scrub 20,000 names from their computer."

Yesterday she received a letter telling her to contact her doctor urgently to arrange for a new test.

The letter said she had been removed from the routine screening programme because she had failed to answer a final reminder.

Mrs Beaton said she had not received any reminders because she had moved house and the health board had not tried to trace her.

The letter she received yesterday also said: "The cervical cancer service in Tayside is reviewing its procedures for women who declined invitations in the past. Women who received their final reminder letter before 1994 and did not attend were not routinely invited again for cervical screening via the Tayside computer system.

"All women in this group will now be given another opportunity to come for a cervical smear and will be included in the routine three-yearly programme of screening."

The letter went on to say that the abnormal cells found during Mrs Beaton's last test were "not unusual and the degree of abnormality is almost certain to be minor".

But it stressed that the cells should be checked in case they turned into a serious problem and invited her to go for a new smear test.
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Author:Chamberlain, Gethin
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Date:Aug 27, 1999
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