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Dorset's Pathology Petition Considered by Council

Dorset County Hospital 1

8:03am 24th June 2014

The plight of 100 staff who's jobs are on the line at Dorset County Hospital will be raised again today (Tuesday 25th June).

West Dorset Councillor Ros Kayes will be talking to the County Council's Health Scrutiny Committee about the hospital's plans to relocate pathology services.

"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."

More than 1,000 people have now signed a petition to keep services at Dorset County

Dorset County Hospital (DCH) Chief Executive Jean O'Callaghan told us earlier this month they need to review the pathology unit to ensure quality and best value for money:

"Nationally there is a move towards centralising pathology services rather than having a full pathology service in every hospital as this is more sustainable for the future and maintains quality. A review by Lord Carter in 2008 identified the need for such moves."

"Many hospitals have already pursued this - the Taunton laboratory hub is a joint venture between Taunton and Yeovil NHS Foundation Trusts and a private provider.

"Quality standard requirements are much higher now for laboratory services and it is difficult for smaller centres like ours to keep up with these, to invest in the latest equipment and to recruit the necessary staff."

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