New private blood test lab approved

New private blood test lab approved

New private blood test lab approved

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NHS BLOOD testing services at Basildon and Southend hospitals should be in private hands by next summer after plans for a new laboratory were approved.

Basildon Council agreed a planning application for a private blood testing laboratory at Dobson House, in Bentalls, Basildon, despite concerns raised about the lack of proposed parking spaces.

Integrated Pathology Partnerships, which will run the nonemergency pathology service for both hospitals, can now transform the former pharmaceutical factory into a modern facility employing 100 former hospital staff.

The building has been vacant since pharmaceutical firm Amdipharm stopped using it as a distribution warehouse.

Concerns were raised because, under planning guidelines, the proposed building should have at least 77 parking spaces – but the plans are for just 35.

Basildon and Billericay MP, John Baron, raised this on behalf of a constituent who works in the lab at one of the hospitals.

A council report said: “This matter has been raised by the local MP on behalf of someone who works at the existing pathology centre, who is concerned about lack of on-site parking.

“They state there are currently upwards of 400 staff at the two pathology centres, and they considered that in the region of 200 of these will be transferred to the new centre.

“That is well above that suggested by the applicant, who states the figure being closer to 100.”

However, the council said the applicant had submitted a travel plan – to encourage car sharing, use of public transport and walking and cycling to the site – to Essex County Council, which indicated it would accept it.

The council agreed to pass the plans provided it pays £3,000 to County Hall to develop the travel scheme and provides details of cycle parking facilities on site.

The report added: “It is not considered the proposed development in this case will create any significant highway and parking problems.

“The proposal would bring back into use a vacant warehouse unit in the form of a more intensive employment use, within an established employment area.”

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12:02pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Now listen for I have something to say says...

I say Privatise the whole of the NHS, remove the dead wood and offer a service second to none.
I say Privatise the whole of the NHS, remove the dead wood and offer a service second to none. Now listen for I have something to say
  • Score: -7

12:23pm Tue 19 Aug 14

ravnos says...

Now listen for I have something to say wrote:
I say Privatise the whole of the NHS, remove the dead wood and offer a service second to none.
judging by your comment, you already have private health insurance and do not burden the NHS with your health care needs?
[quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: I say Privatise the whole of the NHS, remove the dead wood and offer a service second to none.[/p][/quote]judging by your comment, you already have private health insurance and do not burden the NHS with your health care needs? ravnos
  • Score: 3

12:48pm Tue 19 Aug 14

rayleigh123 says...

ravnos wrote:
Now listen for I have something to say wrote: I say Privatise the whole of the NHS, remove the dead wood and offer a service second to none.
judging by your comment, you already have private health insurance and do not burden the NHS with your health care needs?
Very rarely does private medical insurance cover things like A+E, pregnancy or mental issues.
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Most policies simply allow you to - jump the queue- ie 8 weeks wait for a NHS hospital appointment or via private you can see the same consultant in the next few days.

Again if in-patience is required, private hospital like the Nuffield will allow both speed and flexibility to get medical treatment speedily - ALL AT A COST.

The one thorny question that never seems to be answered is that a consultant can work for the NHS but be allowed to do private work at say the local Nuffiled and even refer patients from the NHS to his private clinic.

I could image my governors thoughts if i set up a seperate company in competition with him, and then refered his customers to me at my private address.
[quote][p][bold]ravnos[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Now listen for I have something to say[/bold] wrote: I say Privatise the whole of the NHS, remove the dead wood and offer a service second to none.[/p][/quote]judging by your comment, you already have private health insurance and do not burden the NHS with your health care needs?[/p][/quote]Very rarely does private medical insurance cover things like A+E, pregnancy or mental issues. . Most policies simply allow you to - jump the queue- ie 8 weeks wait for a NHS hospital appointment or via private you can see the same consultant in the next few days. Again if in-patience is required, private hospital like the Nuffield will allow both speed and flexibility to get medical treatment speedily - ALL AT A COST. The one thorny question that never seems to be answered is that a consultant can work for the NHS but be allowed to do private work at say the local Nuffiled and even refer patients from the NHS to his private clinic. I could image my governors thoughts if i set up a seperate company in competition with him, and then refered his customers to me at my private address. rayleigh123
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Tue 19 Aug 14

jayman says...

RIP NHS. the Tory government will strip you of assets and commission the same service through these sold assets that are in private hands at a business model mark up, thus making services more unaffordable. There isn't the margins to make a profit and deliver a service that is free to use at the point of use. It will be like the British rail franchising only worst.
RIP NHS. the Tory government will strip you of assets and commission the same service through these sold assets that are in private hands at a business model mark up, thus making services more unaffordable. There isn't the margins to make a profit and deliver a service that is free to use at the point of use. It will be like the British rail franchising only worst. jayman
  • Score: 0

3:47pm Tue 19 Aug 14

Idontknowy says...

So yet another part of the NHS being sent to be done by a profit making company which in turn will mean less money being available for the NHS we have all paid for via taxes etc.
So yet another part of the NHS being sent to be done by a profit making company which in turn will mean less money being available for the NHS we have all paid for via taxes etc. Idontknowy
  • Score: -1

5:07pm Thu 21 Aug 14

Archibald1960 says...

New Private Blood Test Lab Approved

New private blood test lab approved, it should say new private pathology laboratory approved. All pathology services at Southend and Basildon hospitals will be run by the private sector, including in patient and emergency work. If you look on the government website on gov.uk/cma-cases (Competition and market authority) you will find it is a merger between Southend and Basildon hospitals, and Integrated Pathology Partnerships, i.e. one of those PPI’s that were the catastrophic hallmark of government policy in the last century! IPP will tupe over staff this year if the merger is approved.
So where did this idea come from? It all started with “The Carter review of Pathology”, commissioned by the Labour party and published in August 2006. It states that money could be saved in pathology. I’m not sure if privatisation was on the Labour party’s agenda at the time but it certainly is Tory policy.
As to staffing in the new/refurbished building in Basildon, given that indeed over 400 people are currently employed by both trusts, parking is the least of their problems. If IPP employs 100 people to work at this site at any one time, assuming a shift system and the need to have staff at both hospital sites for “in patient” and emergency work. There will be somewhere in the region of 25-30% job losses across the board. Also there is likely to be 50% job losses in the management tier structure and possibly further jobs lost in a skill mix review! The results will the decimation of a once proud profession and yet more people on the unemployment register seeking out those exclusive zero hour contracts that are a hallmark of this government! Jobs however are likely to be created in the non-medical Hospital management team! Rather like joining Europe which resulted in the proliferation of the MEP.
I digress, back to parking. I asked one of my friends who works at Southend and lives near the hospital. He said “What travel plan?” This will also result in him having to travel over five thousand extra miles a year to get to work. Does is state in employment law that car sharing can be made part of someone’s contract?
Lastly, is this the slippery slope to privatisation of the whole of the NHS? What next, pharmacy, X-ray, radiology or perhaps the nurses and doctors. Will it result on an improved service? Maybe, but it will be at the expense of yet more jobs in an area that has seen recent job losses in RBS, Homebase, Asda and probably Tesco (have you seen how few evening till staff there now are?). Private companies already make a lot of money from providing specialist equipment and supplies to the NHS. The big question is do we want our health service run for the people or private gain? At the end of the day, any private company entering into providing services for the NHS is not doing so for any moral obligation. They are doing so simply for profit!
New Private Blood Test Lab Approved New private blood test lab approved, it should say new private pathology laboratory approved. All pathology services at Southend and Basildon hospitals will be run by the private sector, including in patient and emergency work. If you look on the government website on gov.uk/cma-cases (Competition and market authority) you will find it is a merger between Southend and Basildon hospitals, and Integrated Pathology Partnerships, i.e. one of those PPI’s that were the catastrophic hallmark of government policy in the last century! IPP will tupe over staff this year if the merger is approved. So where did this idea come from? It all started with “The Carter review of Pathology”, commissioned by the Labour party and published in August 2006. It states that money could be saved in pathology. I’m not sure if privatisation was on the Labour party’s agenda at the time but it certainly is Tory policy. As to staffing in the new/refurbished building in Basildon, given that indeed over 400 people are currently employed by both trusts, parking is the least of their problems. If IPP employs 100 people to work at this site at any one time, assuming a shift system and the need to have staff at both hospital sites for “in patient” and emergency work. There will be somewhere in the region of 25-30% job losses across the board. Also there is likely to be 50% job losses in the management tier structure and possibly further jobs lost in a skill mix review! The results will the decimation of a once proud profession and yet more people on the unemployment register seeking out those exclusive zero hour contracts that are a hallmark of this government! Jobs however are likely to be created in the non-medical Hospital management team! Rather like joining Europe which resulted in the proliferation of the MEP. I digress, back to parking. I asked one of my friends who works at Southend and lives near the hospital. He said “What travel plan?” This will also result in him having to travel over five thousand extra miles a year to get to work. Does is state in employment law that car sharing can be made part of someone’s contract? Lastly, is this the slippery slope to privatisation of the whole of the NHS? What next, pharmacy, X-ray, radiology or perhaps the nurses and doctors. Will it result on an improved service? Maybe, but it will be at the expense of yet more jobs in an area that has seen recent job losses in RBS, Homebase, Asda and probably Tesco (have you seen how few evening till staff there now are?). Private companies already make a lot of money from providing specialist equipment and supplies to the NHS. The big question is do we want our health service run for the people or private gain? At the end of the day, any private company entering into providing services for the NHS is not doing so for any moral obligation. They are doing so simply for profit! Archibald1960
  • Score: -1

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