Health executive sacked after prostate cancer SA Pathology blunder gives patients wrong diagnosis

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PSA test concept_oncology news australiaWendy Glamocak, ABC.

About 100 patients in South Australia were given false positive results for prostate cancer in a bungle that has now led to the sacking of a key health executive.

Health Minister Jack Snelling demanded an independent inquiry when he found out from the media about the blunder.

The errors in test results since January from SA Pathology were picked up when Adelaide urologist Peter Sutherland ordered fresh testing for some of his patients when they returned concerning results despite already having had their prostate glands removed.

Dr Sutherland, the senior visiting urologist at the Royal Adelaide Hospital, said he had as many as 40 patients affected by the mistake and thinks dozens more also got incorrect results.

“Thankfully we repeated the test with other labs and showed it wasn’t correct,” he said…read the full article.

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