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"Overtime mammographies" lucrative for doctors

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Too few women are having mammographies and women who are suspected of having cancer are having to wait too long for tests. At the same time, trying to cut the queues has become a lucrative side-earner for mammography staff, reported Göteborgs-Posten.


Auditors in the Västra Götaland region have investigated mammography procedures at Sahlgrenska University Hospital (SU) and the results have revealed major failings.


Few women have had the examinations which were promised and on a number of occasions women's health has been put in danger.


"Yes, the delays could have meant that women have had worse prognosis," said the audit director Sven Arvidsson to GP.


Only half of the women who should have had mammographies were called for tests during 2004.


The situation has improved in the last year. But the reason given for this is that doctors and nurses are working extra hours as part of an initiative which is costing millions of kronor.


For example, the doctor responsible for the department earned an extra 488,000 kronor over basic salary. In only one month, the doctor earned an extra 75,700 kronor.


"The risk with such a system is obviously that you switch work time for overtime," said Arvidsson.


"But there's a shortage of competence and those who have it can make whatever demands they like."

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Good Afternoon To You, My Gentle Friends,


It is indeed unfortunate that women's health issues have been put in the background . . .


Women from all parts of the world contribute much to the world . . .


Their health should be of paramount importance, regardless of their Country of Origin . . .


Have a most thoughtful afternoon . . . forthwith . . .

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Good Evening To You, My Gentle Friends,


I do feel that more needs to be done to address the issues of women's health . . .


Every woman needs to feel confident about her health - both mental and physical . . .


And this should reach to all ethnic areas as well as economic areas . . .


There is the saying:


"No Child Shall Be Left Behind " . . .


Well, "No Woman Shall Be Left Behind " . . .


Have a most thoughtful evening . . . forthwith . . .

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