investigation launched

Hospital misses skin cancer cases

A pathologist at a university hospital in Gothenburg has missed at least 27 cases of possible skin cancer over the past few years, officials announced this lunchtime, and they say there could be more yet to be found.

The pathologist, who worked at Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Sweden's second largest city, has now been suspended. The hospital is now contacting patients and has opened a hotline for those that may have been affected.

So far, 27 skin changes that could be precursors to deadly malignant melanomas have been found while double-checking test results, and it is unknown why the pathologist failed to make the correct diagnosis. Hospital bosses say he either had a lack of knowledge or did not want to pass on bad news.