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‘Safety net’ texts with patients’ scan results

THE NHS could send patients text messages or emails urging them to call their GP if scans or X-rays show abnormal results.

The messages could speed up treatment and act as a safety net to ensure patients find out about a diagnosis if results go missing or are not followed up.

The plan by the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch comes after a 76-year-old woman with lung cancer died when her abnormal scan results were not acted upon.

But Age UK fears the texts could lead to ‘disastrous delays’ in treatment for older people who aren’t as ‘tech-savvy’.