Councillors grill health chiefs who want to move blood tests to Bedford

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SOUTHEND councillors have grilled key figures in plans to move blood testing services away from local hospitals.

Paul Husselbee, the accountable officer for the Southend clinical commissioning group and co-chairman of the project board which wants to send GP requested pathology tests to Bedford Hospital for testing defended the move to councillors alongside Andrew Pike, chief executive of NHS Essex.

Dr Husselbee told Southend Council’s community services and culture scrutiny committee the move would allow more tests to be carried out, allow better IT communication between health professionals and more research and development to take place. He also said it would be more cost effective to send tests to a regional hub and would be more cost effective.

He said: “We are fully aware of the level of anxiety among the public and the concerns expressed by consultant and GP colleagues.”

The committee remained unconvinced however, with a number of councillors calling on the CCG to give assurances on the safety of the scheme, the turnaround time for tests, transport difficulties, financial savings and job losses.

While the committee had the power to refer the proposal to the Secretary of State for Health, they resolved to call on the CCG to return in March to answer a number of concerns, including  risk assessments on the proposals, particularly in view of the concerns of local health professionals, the impact on Southend hospital and contingency arrangements in the event of major problems.

 

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10:36pm Wed 6 Feb 13

Elephantman2 says...

From Andrew Pike's profile on the NHS web site,

"During this period he ensured the achievement of all government and waiting list targets every year".

I'm sure a report is out today saying that focus on money and targets has resulted in the neglect and death of patients. Time to get rid of this guy I think! Clearly focused on the money and not the outcomes.
From Andrew Pike's profile on the NHS web site, "During this period he ensured the achievement of all government and waiting list targets every year". I'm sure a report is out today saying that focus on money and targets has resulted in the neglect and death of patients. Time to get rid of this guy I think! Clearly focused on the money and not the outcomes. Elephantman2
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1:08pm Sat 9 Feb 13

runwellian says...

My real concern is about how patient data will be protected?

Every blood sample has all the information any undesirable person may need to steal an identity. Name, address, date of birth and NHS number.

To transfer blood samples requires a fleet of new vehicles plus a fleet of drivers, to ensure the samples are collected in good time and delivered before they become unviable.

I wouldn't trust anyone of these people with my personal data and by sheer numbers alone, someone will do something they shouldn't.

It does appear that the NHS has lost all respect for how it handles patient data and with CCG's coming into force, the NHS is now about money not people and as for getting rid of PCT's, they will simply transfer to CCG's.

We read many times that the NHS belongs to patients, 'you NHS, your choice .... but we don't appear to have voice let alone a choice!
My real concern is about how patient data will be protected? Every blood sample has all the information any undesirable person may need to steal an identity. Name, address, date of birth and NHS number. To transfer blood samples requires a fleet of new vehicles plus a fleet of drivers, to ensure the samples are collected in good time and delivered before they become unviable. I wouldn't trust anyone of these people with my personal data and by sheer numbers alone, someone will do something they shouldn't. It does appear that the NHS has lost all respect for how it handles patient data and with CCG's coming into force, the NHS is now about money not people and as for getting rid of PCT's, they will simply transfer to CCG's. We read many times that the NHS belongs to patients, 'you NHS, your choice .... but we don't appear to have voice let alone a choice! runwellian
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