Protestors take fight for pathology services to council

Dorset Echo: Ros Kayes, right, with protesters Ros Kayes, right, with protesters

CAMPAIGNERS fighting to keep pathology services in Dorchester protested as councillors arrived for a health scrutiny committee.

Members of the Dorset Health Campaign were at Dorset County Hall ahead of yesterday’s meeting.

They are concerned a current tendering project for Dorset County Hospital could lead to pathology services being shipped out to a private company with a loss of local jobs.

More than 1,000 signatures have been collected by the group as part of a petition to keep the services.

Cllr Ros Kayes, who’s supporting the campaign, brought the matter up as the committee discussed minutes from the last meeting. Cllr David Jones said whilst he respect the urgency of the matter, it wasn’t the time or place to discuss the issue.

Committee chairman Ronald Coats-worth said he would consult with the hospital’s chief executive and, if needs be, a meeting could be arranged at short notice.

Speaking after the committee, Ms Kayes said: “I understand that an update on the pathology lab will be considered at the next meeting of the Health Scrutiny Committee and I am going to request that this is a full report.

“Questions certainly need to be asked.

“When an existing service is not being allowed to submit a bid to continue what it's already doing then there’s clearly something wrong. I do not want to lose this essential service from Dorchester.”

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2:48pm Wed 25 Jun 14

weymouthfox says...

Since the non-urgent patient transport service was transferred to a private company, there have been very considerable problems. Although Ezec tendered £4 million, lower than SW Ambulance Service, the NHS has had to give them a further £2million to carry on the service, hoping for improvements. Is there a serious lesson here for Dorset County Hospital who want to privatise their pathology services?
Since the non-urgent patient transport service was transferred to a private company, there have been very considerable problems. Although Ezec tendered £4 million, lower than SW Ambulance Service, the NHS has had to give them a further £2million to carry on the service, hoping for improvements. Is there a serious lesson here for Dorset County Hospital who want to privatise their pathology services? weymouthfox
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5:53pm Wed 25 Jun 14

CoogarUK.com says...

weymouthfox wrote:
Since the non-urgent patient transport service was transferred to a private company, there have been very considerable problems. Although Ezec tendered £4 million, lower than SW Ambulance Service, the NHS has had to give them a further £2million to carry on the service, hoping for improvements. Is there a serious lesson here for Dorset County Hospital who want to privatise their pathology services?
Not unlike the WDDC / Simons / Charles Street scenario then!
[quote][p][bold]weymouthfox[/bold] wrote: Since the non-urgent patient transport service was transferred to a private company, there have been very considerable problems. Although Ezec tendered £4 million, lower than SW Ambulance Service, the NHS has had to give them a further £2million to carry on the service, hoping for improvements. Is there a serious lesson here for Dorset County Hospital who want to privatise their pathology services?[/p][/quote]Not unlike the WDDC / Simons / Charles Street scenario then! CoogarUK.com
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9:08am Fri 27 Jun 14

Dorset stuff says...

Soooo, why are they stood outside County Hall, not really going to gain people's attention as nobody apart from those who work there are going to notice. Those that work there ignore it as there are often odd people waving bits of MDF around. I like the bit where she brings it up in the Council chamber and is effectively told to shut up.
Soooo, why are they stood outside County Hall, not really going to gain people's attention as nobody apart from those who work there are going to notice. Those that work there ignore it as there are often odd people waving bits of MDF around. I like the bit where she brings it up in the Council chamber and is effectively told to shut up. Dorset stuff
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1:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Douglas Mc says...

The aim of the exercise apparently is to improve the quality in the interests of patients following an example set by other hospitals in the region. However, an local pathology service would remain at DCH.
The aim of the exercise apparently is to improve the quality in the interests of patients following an example set by other hospitals in the region. However, an local pathology service would remain at DCH. Douglas Mc
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