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Fresh delays to pathology service overhaul
9:16am Friday 9th August 2013 in News
THE chairman of Colchester’s hospitals has expressed “extreme disquiet” at fresh delays to planned changes to the pathology department.
For the last two-and-a-half years, around 140 staff at Colchester General Hospital have been left in limbo while a region-wide plan to merge pathology services is debated.
In February, the Strategic Health Authority for the East of England launched a consultation into plans to move non-urgent tests to Ipswich and Cambridge.
Urgent tests would still be carried out in the town.
But a Colchester Hospitals Trust directors board meeting heard the authority had been disbanded before an agreement had been finalised.
Mike Baker, the hospital trust’s finance director, said: "Although the expected date to go live was October 1, now the earliest date is January, but it’s likely to slip further.”
See Monday's Gazette for the full story
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