Path lab campaigners welcome delay in decision

Path lab campaigners welcome delay in decision

Path lab campaigners welcome delay in decision

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CAMPAIGNERS fighting for the future of Dorset County Hospital’s pathology laboratory have welcomed a delay in a decision on the future of the service.

The Dorchester hospital is currently reviewing the service and the Dorset Health Campaign, who want to keep the service at hospital, fear it could be transferred to a privately run laboratory based in Taunton.

Dorset County Hospital’s trust board has now delayed a decision on the future of the laboratory until October, which will give the Dorset Health Scrutiny Committee a chance to make comments on the issue.

The trust board meeting when a decision was due to be made was scheduled for the same day as the next Health Scrutiny Committee meeting on September 10, which would have given the committee no chance to comment.

Cllr Ros Kayes, who sits on the committee and is a supporter of the Dorset Health Campaign, said: “It made little sense for a committee whose role is to scrutinise the process of changes to health provision, to only get to comment after the event.

“It really would have been closing the stable door after the horse has bolted.

"I hope now that the Health Scrutiny Committee will get the chance to do a thorough investigation of this issue and, if there are problems in the way the process has been conducted, will be able to make appropriate recommendations.”

Dorset Health Campaign spokesman Andy Stillman added: “While we welcome the extra time to allow more people to be involved in the decision making process, at the end of the day we still see this privatisation as bring against both the best interests and wishes of the people who use the health services of Dorset.

"No argument has yet been shared with the public to justify such a risky change."

More than 7,000 people have now signed a petition supporting the Dorset Health Campaign’s efforts to keep the pathology laboratory in Dorchester.

A spokesperson for Dorset County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “Our evaluation panel met on Thursday last week and after much deliberation were unable to recommend a preferred supplier.

“A number of clinical and non-clinical areas need further clarification, which could affect the outcome of the process.

“Obviously we want to make sure we get this right so we are allowing additional time for clarification.

“This means that at this point the tender process has not narrowed all of the potential providers down to one.

“The benchmarking comparison of our in-house service to the remaining potential provider will still take place as planned after the evaluation is complete.

“We recognise that the delay is unwelcome to staff who may be affected by this process and we appreciate the ongoing efforts of the staff on the evaluation panel. “Our intention is to minimise the delay as much as possible and we are working hard to achieve that aim.”

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10:02pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Doctorcdaley says...

The sheer lunacy of the NHS. Wimborne Hospital has just purchased a top of the range digital xray machine for £170,000. This machine will cope with the workload of a London Teaching Hospital. The actual machine that would have done the job perfectly at Wimborne would cost £40,000 less.
Someone was allowed to make this obscene purchase whilst other arms of the NHS struggle.
The sheer lunacy of the NHS. Wimborne Hospital has just purchased a top of the range digital xray machine for £170,000. This machine will cope with the workload of a London Teaching Hospital. The actual machine that would have done the job perfectly at Wimborne would cost £40,000 less. Someone was allowed to make this obscene purchase whilst other arms of the NHS struggle. Doctorcdaley
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9:58pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Speak Up1 says...

This is a COUNTY HOSPITAL - surely we need these SERVICES to stay within the hospital so they are on hand, staffed by NHS staff, highly qualified and motivated rather than ANY private sector company who are only interested in low pay, negotiating the best contracts for themselves and making profits. If this goes it will mean standards will slip and cost lives and no matter how many investigations etc are conducted it will not stop people being damaged.

This service is run by highly qualified Scientists who dedicate their knowledge and hard won experience to keeping our community and those visiting safe. It OURS and not the accountants looking to outsource it for short term gain - once these people move on, get redeployed their skills and knowledge will be lost and the community suffers. They do not come back.

The NHS and this Path Lab is worth paying for. We lose it at our peril and those who outsource will move on to more lucrative employment and never be held to account.

This service is the beating heart of the hospital - without these tests being done quickly, efficiently and by highly trained, dedicated staff there are no operations, no administering of life saving drugs...it cannot be stressed enough how essential this is.

If the bean counters win - lives will be lost, our community suffers and we lose professionals who bring their education and experience for the good of those that live and visit here.
This is a COUNTY HOSPITAL - surely we need these SERVICES to stay within the hospital so they are on hand, staffed by NHS staff, highly qualified and motivated rather than ANY private sector company who are only interested in low pay, negotiating the best contracts for themselves and making profits. If this goes it will mean standards will slip and cost lives and no matter how many investigations etc are conducted it will not stop people being damaged. This service is run by highly qualified Scientists who dedicate their knowledge and hard won experience to keeping our community and those visiting safe. It OURS and not the accountants looking to outsource it for short term gain - once these people move on, get redeployed their skills and knowledge will be lost and the community suffers. They do not come back. The NHS and this Path Lab is worth paying for. We lose it at our peril and those who outsource will move on to more lucrative employment and never be held to account. This service is the beating heart of the hospital - without these tests being done quickly, efficiently and by highly trained, dedicated staff there are no operations, no administering of life saving drugs...it cannot be stressed enough how essential this is. If the bean counters win - lives will be lost, our community suffers and we lose professionals who bring their education and experience for the good of those that live and visit here. Speak Up1
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