Private blood tests for Southend and Basildon hospitals inevitable, says source

Echo: Private blood tests for Southend and Basildon hospitals inevitable, says source Private blood tests for Southend and Basildon hospitals inevitable, says source

A DEAL where Southend and Basildon hospitals hire a private company to run blood testing services was “inevitable”, according to a source.

The two trusts have announced a deal that pathology staff’s contracts would be transferred to the preferred bidder Integrated Pathology Partnerships, as long as there are no objections before the middle of next week.

Last year the hospitals campaigned alongside the Echo to stop the outsourcing of blood testing ordered by GPs to 90 miles away in Bedford.

The hospitals say they cannot currently answer any questions on the future of the service, which covers their in-house ordered tests, due to “a ten-day stand-still period”

required under European law before the deal is finalised.

The Echo understands two other companies had bid for the tender.

A source at one of the hospitals, said of the IPP bid: “In the short term, it should keep jobs at Southend and Basildon and in the medium term there may be a centralised service between the two, but not miles away in Bedford.

“I think the contractors have also had a similar service in Taunton, which I’m told is quite decent.

“Eventually there will be job losses but hopefully through natural wastage. I think the in-house pathology service will be OK under these plans.”

Sam Older, from Unison, said staff were not being told much about the deal before the end of the ten-day period.

He had previously raised concerns about the impact it would have on job losses and service levels.

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4:38pm Sat 8 Mar 14

jolllyboy says...

'which I am told is quite decent'.
Do you think Southend and Basildon residents are satisfied with quite decent.?
Inevitable = done deal.
if I have any delays in receiving a blood test result I will sue.
'which I am told is quite decent'. Do you think Southend and Basildon residents are satisfied with quite decent.? Inevitable = done deal. if I have any delays in receiving a blood test result I will sue. jolllyboy
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5:59pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Keptquiettillnow says...

At Southend the catering is about to go to a private company, the cleaning will be going after that.
At Southend the catering is about to go to a private company, the cleaning will be going after that. Keptquiettillnow
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11:45pm Sat 8 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

Anyway the rich and feckless can get "Shares in it" will do. Matters not a jot what grief it causes, it's somewhere to park a few million, it makes them loadsa money, that's all that matters.
Personally I think it is obscene. But, greed rules this country and, the greedier and more selfish you are, the better your lifestyle.
It's called the "Effortless wealth club" and they have the common person hating the out of collar people, whilst they look up at the real lazy barlambs with admiration. The wonders of the English.

Weapons of mass distraction are back in fashion!
Anyway the rich and feckless can get "Shares in it" will do. Matters not a jot what grief it causes, it's somewhere to park a few million, it makes them loadsa money, that's all that matters. Personally I think it is obscene. But, greed rules this country and, the greedier and more selfish you are, the better your lifestyle. It's called the "Effortless wealth club" and they have the common person hating the out of collar people, whilst they look up at the real lazy barlambs with admiration. The wonders of the English. Weapons of mass distraction are back in fashion! Devils Advocate
  • Score: 1

11:30am Sun 9 Mar 14

Nebs says...

Are our hospital administrators so incompetent that they are unable to organise this service themselves, at a lower cost than a private company that has to add another administrative layer as well as a profit for its shareholders.
Are our hospital administrators so incompetent that they are unable to organise this service themselves, at a lower cost than a private company that has to add another administrative layer as well as a profit for its shareholders. Nebs
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