1,000 people sign petition to keep pathology laboratory in Dorchester

Dorset Echo: 1,000 people sign petition to keep pathology laboratory in Dorchester 1,000 people sign petition to keep pathology laboratory in Dorchester

MORE than 1,000 signatures have been collected by campaigners fighting to keep a pathology laboratory in Dorchester.

The Dorset Health Campaign was at the Town Pump on Saturday with a petition raising awareness of the threat to close the NHS Pathology Laboratory at Dorset County Hospital (DCH).

There are 100 people who work at the laboratory who assist to guide the treatment of patients and help to prevent infection in the hospital.

Private companies are being invited this summer to bid to deliver this service in place of the current setup.

There are concerns that the new service would be located outside of Dorchester and cause a number of job losses.

The Dorset Health Campaign is an independent group of Dorset residents who campaign for a transparent, accountable and publicly provided NHS.

Cllr Ros Kayes, a founding member of the campaign, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of staff members from the hospital who came down especially to sign the petition and express their support.”

Cllr Kayes will be asking the health scrutiny committee at Dorset County Council to take action and address some of the campaign’s concerns at its meeting on Tuesday June 24.

She added: “We need to keep as many services as possible at DCH in order for it to remain a viable acute hospital.

“Any reduction of services sets alarm bells ringing for me. This constitutes a major change to service provision in West Dorset and it needs to be challenged.”

A report to Dorset County Council’s Dorset Health Scrutiny Committee on May 23 stated the aims of DCH’s project were to compare its pathology services against other interested providers.

This would help determine whether DCH is providing the best value service and the outcomes would be used to inform a decision on the future provision of the service.

Out of 29 interested parties, four have been selected to move onto the next stage of procurement. These are a mixture of NHS and private organisations.

Hospital bosses have said if the current services at DCH are found to be the best the service will stay at the hospital, with essential pathology services remaining on site.

They also confirmed that whilst no decision had been made yet that if there was a new provider of pathology services, staff would be protected under employment law.

The final decision of the future of the pathology service is expected in September.

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2:08pm Sun 15 Jun 14

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

If it ain't broke, why fix it!
If it ain't broke, why fix it! IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
  • Score: 6

2:35pm Sun 15 Jun 14

JACKC says...

it's always to save money at the end of the day. This hospital does not give a monkeys about their staff - never have. They are forever spouting on about patient care and how the patient comes first - they don't! There is too much paperwork, too many line managers feathering their nests who don't have a clue what's going on on the wards, and the CEO's office is allowing this to continue. They are looking in the wrong places to improve. If anyone knows where I can sign this petition - post here please!
it's always to save money at the end of the day. This hospital does not give a monkeys about their staff - never have. They are forever spouting on about patient care and how the patient comes first - they don't! There is too much paperwork, too many line managers feathering their nests who don't have a clue what's going on on the wards, and the CEO's office is allowing this to continue. They are looking in the wrong places to improve. If anyone knows where I can sign this petition - post here please! JACKC
  • Score: 11

2:49pm Sun 15 Jun 14

weymouthfox says...

This is the start of the Tory Governments desire to quietly privatise the NHS
It's all about money and if private companies can handle .blood and other tests more cheaply at Taunton or Barnstaple, then thats where the work will go. Never mind the bad record of private companies in this field. see
http://www.theguardi
an.com/society/2012/
sep/30/pathology-lab
s-takeover-failures
http://www.freedomhe
althinsurance.co.uk/
news/nhs-privatisati
on-pathology-down-th
e-pan
DCH bosses are determined to push our local hospital down this path and make 100 technicians redundant so that private companies can take over the work. CEO Miss Jean O'callaghan leaves soon having started the privatisation bandwagon rolling, just as she did at CEO at Bedford, leaving before the full horror was known.
This is the start of the Tory Governments desire to quietly privatise the NHS It's all about money and if private companies can handle .blood and other tests more cheaply at Taunton or Barnstaple, then thats where the work will go. Never mind the bad record of private companies in this field. see http://www.theguardi an.com/society/2012/ sep/30/pathology-lab s-takeover-failures http://www.freedomhe althinsurance.co.uk/ news/nhs-privatisati on-pathology-down-th e-pan DCH bosses are determined to push our local hospital down this path and make 100 technicians redundant so that private companies can take over the work. CEO Miss Jean O'callaghan leaves soon having started the privatisation bandwagon rolling, just as she did at CEO at Bedford, leaving before the full horror was known. weymouthfox
  • Score: 9

6:52pm Sun 15 Jun 14

wurzelbasher says...

JACKC wrote:
it's always to save money at the end of the day. This hospital does not give a monkeys about their staff - never have. They are forever spouting on about patient care and how the patient comes first - they don't! There is too much paperwork, too many line managers feathering their nests who don't have a clue what's going on on the wards, and the CEO's office is allowing this to continue. They are looking in the wrong places to improve. If anyone knows where I can sign this petition - post here please!
This comment epitomises the state of this country: over-managed by people who are highly paid and haven't got the foggiest clue what they are doing!
[quote][p][bold]JACKC[/bold] wrote: it's always to save money at the end of the day. This hospital does not give a monkeys about their staff - never have. They are forever spouting on about patient care and how the patient comes first - they don't! There is too much paperwork, too many line managers feathering their nests who don't have a clue what's going on on the wards, and the CEO's office is allowing this to continue. They are looking in the wrong places to improve. If anyone knows where I can sign this petition - post here please![/p][/quote]This comment epitomises the state of this country: over-managed by people who are highly paid and haven't got the foggiest clue what they are doing! wurzelbasher
  • Score: 7

11:45am Mon 16 Jun 14

Dorset stuff says...

Will this petition make any difference, probably not. Will the Path lab move out of DCH, probably. Will anybody apart from the staff who work there and the "councilor" give a hoot, no. Todays nearly news, tomorrows chip paper.
Will this petition make any difference, probably not. Will the Path lab move out of DCH, probably. Will anybody apart from the staff who work there and the "councilor" give a hoot, no. Todays nearly news, tomorrows chip paper. Dorset stuff
  • Score: -1

11:59am Mon 16 Jun 14

elloello1980 says...

bit by bit, the Tories will see the end of the NHS.

The whole time, telling us they are not too.
bit by bit, the Tories will see the end of the NHS. The whole time, telling us they are not too. elloello1980
  • Score: 4

12:44pm Wed 18 Jun 14

frury200 says...

Will there be a 'hot' lab remaining on site for emergency and inpatient pathology samples?

surely these samples cannot wait to travel off site for results to come back......
Will there be a 'hot' lab remaining on site for emergency and inpatient pathology samples? surely these samples cannot wait to travel off site for results to come back...... frury200
  • Score: 0

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