'Back-door' blood deal at Southend and Basildon hospitals is 'bad news for my patients' says Hordon-on-the-Hill GP Alexander Pattara

Echo: Dr Alexander Pattara and practice manager Anna Richardson Dr Alexander Pattara and practice manager Anna Richardson

A GP fears patients will face longer waits for blood test results after a private firm is brought in to run the pathology service in south Essex.

Alexander Pattara of the Surgery, High Road, Horndonon- the-Hill, is angry at the decision of bosses at Basildon and Southend hospitals to transfer staff to French company Integrated Pathology Partnerships.

The move comes just over a year after both hospitals campaigned with the Echo to keep GP-ordered blood testing local, following a plan to outsource the service 90 miles away to Bedford.

Dr Pattara said the change was similar to the decision to close A&E at Orsett Hospital, which has led to extra patients and greater pressure on Basildon’s A&E department.

He said: “If the blood has to travel to be tested, there could be a delay in the result, which would mean a delay with diagnosis and treatment, both of which are unacceptable.

“The traffic is always very heavy in the area and between the two hospitals. If there is an accident or the weather is bad it could take a couple of hours to reach its destination.

“If the labs close it will be difficult to re-install them in the future.

“Managers come and go.

People who live in the area will suffer for a long time due to no fault of their own because of a decision made by managers.”

The hospitals say they cannot answer any questions about the future of the service, which also covers their inhouse ordered tests, due to a “ten-day stand-still period” required under European law before the deal is finalised.

But the Echo understands two other companies also bid for the tender.

A consultant at one of the hospitals has warned of a centralised service between the two, which would lead to job losses in the department.

The consultant, who asked not to be named, said: “It does seem to me that any of these private/NHS collaborations only clearly help one group – ie the outside contractors who will extract money from the deal.”

A 2008 review of NHS pathology services by Lord Carter of Coles called for £500million of savings to be made in blood testing.

Integrated Pathology Partnerships claims to have delivered massive savings to the NHS in the south west, where it runs a similar service.

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3:01pm Sun 9 Mar 14

coddy says...

Good old Tories. privatising everything. They'll privatise the air we breath next.
Good old Tories. privatising everything. They'll privatise the air we breath next. coddy
  • Score: 12

5:01pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Nebs says...

coddy wrote:
Good old Tories. privatising everything. They'll privatise the air we breath next.
Don't worry, Labour will take it back when they get into power just like Blair and Brown did with all of Thatchers sales.
[quote][p][bold]coddy[/bold] wrote: Good old Tories. privatising everything. They'll privatise the air we breath next.[/p][/quote]Don't worry, Labour will take it back when they get into power just like Blair and Brown did with all of Thatchers sales. Nebs
  • Score: -15

5:25pm Sun 9 Mar 14

runwellian says...

The NHS supposed to be long to the patients but patients never get consulted.

Anything that travels put personal information at risk, the NHS has gone to pot!
The NHS supposed to be long to the patients but patients never get consulted. Anything that travels put personal information at risk, the NHS has gone to pot! runwellian
  • Score: 12

6:50pm Sun 9 Mar 14

coddy says...

Nebs says...


coddy wrote:
Good old Tories. privatising everything. They'll privatise the air we breath next.
Don't worry, Labour will take it back when they get into power just like Blair and Brown did with all of Thatchers sales.
..
Don't think they will sunshine. There just as bad as the Tories. Labour didn't touch any of Thatchers sales
Nebs says... coddy wrote: Good old Tories. privatising everything. They'll privatise the air we breath next. Don't worry, Labour will take it back when they get into power just like Blair and Brown did with all of Thatchers sales. .. Don't think they will sunshine. There just as bad as the Tories. Labour didn't touch any of Thatchers sales coddy
  • Score: 15

7:22pm Sun 9 Mar 14

silverleaf48 says...

The nhs is for the people but with all the managers massing thing and people not getting a say is wrong we shouldn't blame nhs because that what the Tories want you to do its all part and parcel to privatizes nhs i say sack the managers and bring back matron that would save money
The nhs is for the people but with all the managers massing thing and people not getting a say is wrong we shouldn't blame nhs because that what the Tories want you to do its all part and parcel to privatizes nhs i say sack the managers and bring back matron that would save money silverleaf48
  • Score: 9

8:55pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

I think everybody will soon begin to realise the reason why ordinary everyday people were so angry with the Tories. They were slung out on their ear because they became "The party of sleaze" and now people are realising that they were voted by the common people but they do not listen to or care about those same people. We learnt this when we wrote to our local MP for Basildon. His reply: Well I am happy with the way things are, but should you require anything else do not hesitate to contact me."
How dictatorial is that?
I think everybody will soon begin to realise the reason why ordinary everyday people were so angry with the Tories. They were slung out on their ear because they became "The party of sleaze" and now people are realising that they were voted by the common people but they do not listen to or care about those same people. We learnt this when we wrote to our local MP for Basildon. His reply: Well I am happy with the way things are, but should you require anything else do not hesitate to contact me." How dictatorial is that? Devils Advocate
  • Score: 7

10:34pm Sun 9 Mar 14

woolstone says...

Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.
Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better. woolstone
  • Score: 4

8:37am Mon 10 Mar 14

stevet says...

woolstone wrote:
Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.
Yes looking forward to returning back to the days of Labour encouraged further mass immigration changing even more the whole fabric of our country.Crippling Benefit costs,Benefit fruad and live of the state spongers,all paid for by the hard working tax payer.Do me a favour at least now we are at least trying to get out of this mess left by years of Labour spending.If Labour get in then this country will be charged higher interest for our further Labour encouraged debt and we will end up in a economy which we will not be able to afford even to run our ever growing and over used cost NHS.
[quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.[/p][/quote]Yes looking forward to returning back to the days of Labour encouraged further mass immigration changing even more the whole fabric of our country.Crippling Benefit costs,Benefit fruad and live of the state spongers,all paid for by the hard working tax payer.Do me a favour at least now we are at least trying to get out of this mess left by years of Labour spending.If Labour get in then this country will be charged higher interest for our further Labour encouraged debt and we will end up in a economy which we will not be able to afford even to run our ever growing and over used cost NHS. stevet
  • Score: 1

12:39pm Mon 10 Mar 14

ThisYear says...

stevet wrote:
woolstone wrote:
Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.
Yes looking forward to returning back to the days of Labour encouraged further mass immigration changing even more the whole fabric of our country.Crippling Benefit costs,Benefit fruad and live of the state spongers,all paid for by the hard working tax payer.Do me a favour at least now we are at least trying to get out of this mess left by years of Labour spending.If Labour get in then this country will be charged higher interest for our further Labour encouraged debt and we will end up in a economy which we will not be able to afford even to run our ever growing and over used cost NHS.
You actually think the country has got better under the tories? Who for you?
[quote][p][bold]stevet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.[/p][/quote]Yes looking forward to returning back to the days of Labour encouraged further mass immigration changing even more the whole fabric of our country.Crippling Benefit costs,Benefit fruad and live of the state spongers,all paid for by the hard working tax payer.Do me a favour at least now we are at least trying to get out of this mess left by years of Labour spending.If Labour get in then this country will be charged higher interest for our further Labour encouraged debt and we will end up in a economy which we will not be able to afford even to run our ever growing and over used cost NHS.[/p][/quote]You actually think the country has got better under the tories? Who for you? ThisYear
  • Score: 4

2:31pm Tue 11 Mar 14

Devils Advocate says...

stevet wrote:
woolstone wrote:
Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.
Yes looking forward to returning back to the days of Labour encouraged further mass immigration changing even more the whole fabric of our country.Crippling Benefit costs,Benefit fruad and live of the state spongers,all paid for by the hard working tax payer.Do me a favour at least now we are at least trying to get out of this mess left by years of Labour spending.If Labour get in then this country will be charged higher interest for our further Labour encouraged debt and we will end up in a economy which we will not be able to afford even to run our ever growing and over used cost NHS.
Yes, as usual, the right says it's all Labours fault. Their advertising agents, The Sun etc. Back it up, but the facts speak otherwise.
You blame Labour for benefits, but never blame the people who took the work from this country to the sweat shops, where you and yours can stick to their crisis need of something for nothing. The removal of the work, combined with the Tory policy of flooding the market with alien labour (Instigated in the early fifties by your Enoch Powell, so don't start about Labour and immigration!) Also Your mob took us into the common market after reneging on the deal to give us a referendum on the market, when they started to think we would not vote for the way they wanted it!
The history books tell it all.
Your adage of Bull**** baffles brains does not always work for you! Facts have a nasty habit of getting in the way, don't they?

But cut through your weapons of mass destruction and answer this:
Do you believe the working man should be kept gainfully employed, and do you believe he should be paid a fair wage for doing just that?
By a fair wage I mean one that allows him to save and buy his own house, feed his 2.4 children and have a couple of weeks at the seaside with his kids. If you are determined to rid us of this awful national health will all workers and their family's qualify for private care? (They can't afford it on minimum wage!)

Direct and honest answers only please!

I tell you now, you will fail!
[quote][p][bold]stevet[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]woolstone[/bold] wrote: Another bad idea, privatisation means profit for shareholders. The sooner the election comes around in 2015 the better.[/p][/quote]Yes looking forward to returning back to the days of Labour encouraged further mass immigration changing even more the whole fabric of our country.Crippling Benefit costs,Benefit fruad and live of the state spongers,all paid for by the hard working tax payer.Do me a favour at least now we are at least trying to get out of this mess left by years of Labour spending.If Labour get in then this country will be charged higher interest for our further Labour encouraged debt and we will end up in a economy which we will not be able to afford even to run our ever growing and over used cost NHS.[/p][/quote]Yes, as usual, the right says it's all Labours fault. Their advertising agents, The Sun etc. Back it up, but the facts speak otherwise. You blame Labour for benefits, but never blame the people who took the work from this country to the sweat shops, where you and yours can stick to their crisis need of something for nothing. The removal of the work, combined with the Tory policy of flooding the market with alien labour (Instigated in the early fifties by your Enoch Powell, so don't start about Labour and immigration!) Also Your mob took us into the common market after reneging on the deal to give us a referendum on the market, when they started to think we would not vote for the way they wanted it! The history books tell it all. Your adage of Bull**** baffles brains does not always work for you! Facts have a nasty habit of getting in the way, don't they? But cut through your weapons of mass destruction and answer this: Do you believe the working man should be kept gainfully employed, and do you believe he should be paid a fair wage for doing just that? By a fair wage I mean one that allows him to save and buy his own house, feed his 2.4 children and have a couple of weeks at the seaside with his kids. If you are determined to rid us of this awful national health will all workers and their family's qualify for private care? (They can't afford it on minimum wage!) Direct and honest answers only please! I tell you now, you will fail! Devils Advocate
  • Score: -1

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