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Petition To Save Pathology Unit Gains 1,000 Signatures

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9:07am 16th June 2014
(Updated 9:08am 16th June 2014)

Supporters of the Dorset Health Campaign collected more than 1000 signatures to their petition to keep pathology services at Dorset County Hospital in Dorchester on Saturday and are promising to step up the campaign.

"People are not happy at the idea of this service going out to a private company" said a campaign spokesman. "Basically people don't want to see profit being made from a public service. There's a lot of public feeling on this issue."

Chris East, who attended the Board meeting of the Dorset County Hospital Trust on Wednesday of last week said " When we asked the Chief Executive of the Trust , Jean O'Callaghan, why the Dorchester Pathology Lab has been prevented from tendering for the contract we were told that it was not a good enough service to put in a bid. This is completely different to the information given to the Health Scrutiny Committee. What's the truth here? 108 skilled people are employed in the lab here in Dorchester. We don't want to see those jobs go".

"We were overwhelmed by the number of staff members from the hospital who came down specially to sign the petition and express their support " said Cllr Ros Kayes, a founder member of the campaign, who will be asking the Health Scrutiny Committee at Dorset County Council to take action to address some of her concerns at its meeting on 24th June. 

"But we are also concerned that perhaps this service has been allowed to run down precisely so that it is not fit to tender for the job it is doing already. If this has been allowed to happen it's very suspect. 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."

Campaigners would like to thank all the people of all ages and political persuasions who came out on Saturday to help gather signatures for the petitions. 

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