A doctor who missed breast cancer in 61 women at Accrington Victoria hospital has quit his post.
Former director of breast screening Dr Glenn Anthony Kelly had continued to be paid wages of at least £94,911 - amounting to around £200,000 since his suspension began in April 2009.
However trust bosses have now confirmed that he resigned at the end of May.
Dr Kelly still faces a charge of ‘deficient professional performance’ and could be struck off the medical register.
His case was due to come before the General Medical Council in June, but the hearing was postponed and has yet to be rescheduled.
He is accused of incorrectly interpreting the mammograms of 16 patients, failing to perform ultrasound scans on 13 patients and discharging three of these patients. It is further alleged that he arranged inadequate follow ups for two patients.
An independent report, published earlier this year, found Dr Kelly misdiagnosed 20 women who were later recalled and told they had breast cancer.
Another 41 women were later found to have had their diagnosis of cancer delayed by incorrect screenings carried out between 2000 and 2006.
As a consultant with his level of experience Dr Kelly would have been entitled to a £94,911 grade 7 salary.
In 18 years as a consultant he had only had three formal appraisals. In his 2005 appraisal he asked for training so he could carry out ultrasound biopsies, but this request was not fulfilled.
Conditions on Dr Kelly’s medical licence preventing him from carrying out breast screening work have been renewed until May 2012.
Duncan Gavan, Consultant Radiologist and Associate Medical Director of Diagnostics and Treatment Services at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Following an internal investigation, Dr Kelly resigned at the end of May 2011.
“Our priority is the women of east Lancashire. They can be confident in the services offered by the East Lancashire Breast Screening Programme.”
Dr Kelly could not be contacted for comment.