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Mastectomy mix-up leads to barcode system costing $450K

A new barcode system replacing the program that led to a Nova Scotia woman receiving an unnecessary mastectomy will cost the province about $450,000. The Capital District Health Authority confessed on Monday it made mistakes in two separate instances, both involving cancer patients. A woman in her 60s had a breast removed when the process was unnecessary and the other patient, who needed surgery, was not scheduled for the procedure until after the mistake was caught.

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