The Most Incompetent Christmas Greeting Ever!

The Askern Medical Practice in Doncaster, England intended to send out a jolly seasonal text to all of its patients wishing them a “very merry Christmas.” Instead, and don’t ask me how this could happen, the mass text told patients they had “aggressive lung cancer” that had metastasized and asked them to fill out form DS1500 for people those have a terminal illness to apply for benefits.

After freaking out many of its patients, the Center texted its “sincere apologies” saying, “This has been sent in error. Our message to you should have read We wish you a very merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.” 

I don’t think “Oops! Sorry!” quite makes up for something like this.

7 thoughts on “The Most Incompetent Christmas Greeting Ever!

  1. Even worse, after they sent out the correction, they might have had to go back to one patient and explain, “yeah, as it turns out, that first message was actually for you.”


  2. At the risk of using the “It Could have been Worse” rationalization… well, it could’ve been worse. They could’ve included a link directing recipients to government-sanctioned euthanasia sites, such as Canada offers.

  3. Oh, it’s completely understandable. When we go to someone’s house for dinner I sometimes say “I just ran over your dog in the driveway”, when what I meant to say was “Thanks for inviting us over”. Then we have a good chuckle. Surely it’s a common mistake.

  4. Not sure of the Statute of limitations, but this is too darkly humorous not to share. Many years ago, in a “fictional” universe….A submarine was running missile drills…the ship does almost everything the same as for “realies”. The radiomen wrote the message that was supposed to be written…the drill ended and the radiomen forgot to erase the message in the buffer…the next radiomen didn’t check the buffer before they sent the messages. The message went all the way to the White House, saying empty missile tubes and requested further tasking. This caused a considerable amount of consternation in the Chain of Command. As Malcolm reynolds says, “The Chain of Command is the one I beat you with until you do what I say”. No huge tracts of land was made uninhabitable for thousands of years in the making of this story….

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