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NHS announces plans to enhance pathology services

19th December 2008

The transformation of NHS pathology services will improve safety, efficiency and quality in tests, according to a two-year review.

Undertaken by Lord Carter of Coles, the paper looked at making services more responsive to patients’ needs – as well as highlighting possible savings.

The review made recommendations including the development of pathology networks with a single integrated management structure, the improvement of test turnaround times and rapid adoption of new technology and approaches to delivering services.

Other suggestions were to enhance IT connectivity and centralising non-urgent and specialist work in accredited core laboratories.

Responding to the findings, clinical lead at Department of Health Pathology Dr Ian Barnes said he was “very grateful” to Lord Carter of Coles and the panel for the report.

He added: “The review has found much good work already underway. Pathology is a vital service for patients and plays a key role in around 70 per cent of decisions on diagnosis and treatment.”

Dr Barnes continued there is “room for improvement” and the paper has highlighted “key areas” to be taken forward.

Set to be informed by three strategic health authorities – who will look at the practical implications of the recommendations – an impact assessment will report in summer next year.

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