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Carter report says pathology services should be delivered by larger, networked structures

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a3131 (Published 23 December 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a3131
  1. Lynn Eaton
  1. 1London

    Plans for an overhaul of England’s pathology services have been welcomed, but there is concern that the move towards larger pathology networks is at odds with the competitive ethos that now exists between NHS foundation trusts.

    The Royal College of Pathologists’ president, Peter Furness, said that the college was none the less “committed to assist” with the reforms but added that implementing them will not be easy.

    “The independence now given to local NHS organisations, especially foundation trusts, has well publicised benefits,” he said. “But their competitive ethos makes it difficult to …

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