An exclusive Pulse story, revealing that dozens of women have been told to contact their GP following false cervical cancer screening results, has been covered in the nationals.

Dozens of women who had been assured that their cervical cancer screening results were negative are now being told they were abnormal and have been advised to contact their GPs following ‘procedural issues’ at the pathology site, Pulse has learned.

The issues were identified at the Pathology First site for the Essex screening programme, run by Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, as well as private sector partners – Integrated Pathology Partnerships.

The service has told Pulse that so far 17 women have been found to have been erroneously told their results were negative, but only 900 of the 2,500 have been checked so far. 

The story has been covered in the Independent, Telegraph, The Sun and The Times.