Abnormal Pap results not mailed out due to glitch

The error, which dates back to 2006, has affected 980 women who had a Pap smear that returned a low-grade abnormality result. 

Queensland Health said it is in the process of contacting the women and their Pap smear providers to make sure they had been followed up by their general practice. A spokesperson for Queensland Health said the error was first identified when a client  advised her Pap smear provider that she hadn’t received a letter from her last test.

Queensland’s chief health officer, Dr Jeannette Young, said the Pap Smear Register was merely a back-up reminder system that sent a follow-up letter if a test result was not received.

"GPs and other Pap smear providers have primary responsibility for following-up with their patient as they are advised directly by pathology companies of the outcome of their patient's results," she said.

 AMA Queensland president Dr Shaun Rudd told News