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Unite warns proposals to outsource pathology services would put patients at risk

Analysis of blood and urine tests currently run across Kent by the NHS could be outsourced to a private company in a move which union bosses warn could put patients at risk.

Health chiefs from Kent’s four hospital trusts – Dartford and Gravesham, East Kent, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells and Medway – are currently discussing plans to create a single, county-wide pathology service, which they say could save the NHS £5million over four years.

Under the proposals, pathology laboratories, used to analyse test results and diagnose diseases, could be moved to a number of ‘hubs’, with three possible options for management of the overall service also published in a strategic outline case.

Full story in Kent OnLine, 4 January 2019

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