A review of quality assurance arrangements for NHS pathology services was announced on 18 December 2012.
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The review will be led by National Clinical Director for Pathology, Dr Ian Barnes, and will scrutinise NHS arrangements for the oversight and safeguards of laboratory testing. Pathology tests are often needed to diagnose and establish the best way to treat chronic or life threatening conditions and to monitor patients’ progress whilst they receive treatment.
On 20 December 2012, NHS Medical Director, Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, wrote to the NHS, hospitals in the independent sector and independent treatment centres registered with the Care Quality Commission about the review.