Mr Gough said he is not yet interested in taking legal action, explaining: “I wouldn’t know where to start taking it against the NHS or the Government or anyone else. I’m 77 so by the time the claim went through I may already be dead.”He does, however, want to see the government make changes to ensure this never happens again.He said: “What I’m interested in is what the government is going to do about it. Everybody makes mistakes but these are too frequent at the moment.” “We worked all our lives and this was the time we wanted to enjoy together. That’s not possible now. She’s gone and I live alone.” Mr Gough added she was “taken too soon” and that “it’s been very painful going over this again but she was a wonderful, brave, uncomplaining wife for almost 56 years and she is still missed enormously by all of the family”.He said, “She was taken to soon – a victim perhaps of other’s failings.” “The family has got together to know what is going on. We all feel the same way – had Trix had her letter in 2009 she would have got the scan and treatment would have started earlier. “I don’t know about whether she could have been saved, but I think she would have lived longer.”The pensioner said his wife of 55 years never received the letter notifying her she should book a screening appointment with her doctor before she turned 71. It is estimated there are around 270 women who may have died early because of the glitch. He said the news shocked him because the family did not know she was supposed to have had a screening.He explained: “I was watching the TV when it was on, my daughter saw it at her house too and we wondered if it was her, and if these were the dates Trixie should have been screened. When Brian Gough watched Jeremy Hunt’s statement on the Tuesday afternoon news, he came to the sickening realisation that his wife, Trixie, could have been one of the women affected by the cancer screening scandal.Trixie was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer after finding a small lump in her breast in late 2010. Mrs Gough rushed to her GP, and was swiftly admitted for treatment at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital.However, despite treatment, she eventually died 28th December 2015, shortly after she turned 76.”I feel sick,” Brian Gough, 77, told the Telegraph from his home in Norwich, where his family had gathered to process the news. 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. “I’m amazed that it has taken them the best part of a decade to spot the problem. It’s extraordinary. There are thousands of real people involved in this, people like Trixie, who didn’t deserve to lose their lives. Trixie and her husband Brian GoughCredit:Family “We didn’t find out until September 2010, we’d gone nearly a year without anything at all, we went to the GP and he immediately sent us to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital. By that time it was grade 3.”After his wife underwent surgery, radiotherapy and chemotherapy in 2010, the cancer returned two years later and she received treatment for a second time. However, by this time, the cancer had spread to her other organs and treatment was unsuccessful.