Woman dies after X-ray result slips through cracks

A woman who sought hospital help for a cough and had an X-ray whose suspicious findings were overlooked, died from cancer nearly two years later.

By the time cancer was diagnosed, cells from the apparent lung tumour where the original ``suspicious density'' had been identified in the X-ray had spread to other parts of her body.

The woman was 66 when she first sought help at a Southern District Health Board emergency department in 2013, according to a report published today by Health and Disability Commissioner Anthony Hill.

He identified failings in the DHB's systems, concluding it had breached the code of patients' rights by failing to provide care of an appropriate standard to the woman, whom he names only as ``Mrs A''.

For the full story pick up Tuesday's Otago Daily Times.

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