It is inevitable that some women will experience delays in receiving a diagnosis, or peace of mindBaroness Morgan Promises to offer all victims of the NHS breast screening scandal a mammogram within six months are unrealistic – and could leave those with suspected cancer to “pay the price,” leading medics say.More than 300,000 women in their 70s who were denied screening over the last decade have been promised the opportunity to have scans this year. It follows blunders in the national programme, which date from 2009 which meant many were not offered check-ups.In a letter to the Daily Telegraph, the Presidents of The Royal College of Radiologists, the Royal College of Radiographers and Baroness Delyth Morgan, chief executive of Breast Cancer Now, said there were too few staff to cope with the workload facing them.And they said that even if existing staff worked evenings and weekends, there would be still be too few of them to uphold the commitment. In the letter, the three state: “We are extremely concerned that the breast screening workforce does not have the capacity to absorb such a crisis,” highlighting a 20 per cent shortall of radiographers and mammography staff.Baroness Morgan said attempts to rectify the “colossal failure” by screening services could leave women with suspected cancer worse off, forcing some to wait longer.“Thousands of women are rightly being offered catch-up screening, but it will fall on the same workforce responsible for performing mammograms for those referred urgently with symptoms of breast cancer to pick up the strain – and it’s vital we ensure women do not pay the price,” she said. A Department of Health and Social Care spokesman said: “NHS England is taking major steps to make sure screening services are expanded to meet this extra demand – including over evenings and weekends – working closely with all local services and commissioners to fill any extra screening required. “We are confident that all areas of the country will be covered.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. The charity is calling for extra resources for the catch-up programme, to ensure routine screening, and that for women with suspected cancer is not disrupted.Baroness Morgan said: “Unless these staff shortages are addressed, it is inevitable that some women will experience delays in receiving a breast cancer diagnosis, or peace of mind, which would be extremely distressing.“This is completely unacceptable and we need the Government to heed these wake-up calls and deliver on its promise to expand the screening workforce as soon as possible.While the total number of women attending screening rose by 13 per cent from 2012-2016, the breast radiologist workforce grew by just 6 per cent, the experts said.Up to 450,000 women aged 68 to 71 eligible for breast cancer screening checks were denied mammograms as a result of an error that was not spotted for almost a decade. Show more The scandal only came to light two weeks ago, when Jeremy Hunt, the Health Secretary, said up to 270 women may have had their lives cut short as a result.Around 140,000 of the women have since died. Health officials have now embarked on efforts to contact around 300,000 women in their 70s, offering them the chance to have mammograms should they choose to.However, there is much debate about the benefits of screening later in life, with an increasing risk of women suffering needless tests and treatment for cancers which were growing too slowly to have caused them harm.