Independent review proposes an upgrade of pathology safety checks to improve patient outcomes [NHS England] – 28 January 2014

Posted on January 30, 2014. Filed under: Pathology, Patient Safety |

Independent review proposes an upgrade of pathology safety checks to improve patient outcomes [NHS England] – 28 January 2014

Independent review site

“A need for transparency, better safety checks on testing, consistency and standardisation of processes and procedures are some of the recommendations made to NHS England in a review into pathology services.

Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, Medical Director of NHS England commissioned Dr Ian Barnes, chair of NHS England’s Pathology Quality Assurance Review Board, to strengthen and refine the quality assurance process for pathology services in England and to make the process more transparent. His request for a detailed and thorough review was prompted by reports of inadequate assurance processes at Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which subsequently resulted in inappropriate care for a number of women with breast cancer.

NHS Pathology services respond to roughly 200 million requests a year, representing involvement in around 80% of patient interactions with the NHS. Testing is at the heart of patient pathways and fundamentally informs diagnosis and treatment, with the potential to contribute significantly to better patient outcomes. The demand for tests is rising as the NHS continues to understand the contribution that pathology can make to better patient outcomes and longer lives.”

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