Patients suffer “severe harm” in huge X-ray backlog

Full story at HSJ 30 April 2018 

Three patients suffered severe harm because their chest x-rays were among tens of thousands of tests not reviewed properly at Portsmouth Hospitals Trust.

This follows two other patients dying and another experiencing harm as a result of the huge backlog at the trust.

The trust apologised “unreservedly” for the delays in fully reviewing more than 30,000 x-rays dating back to March 2016.

The chest, abdominal and spinal x-rays were not reviewed by a radiologist or appropriately trained clinician.