003 - Lord Carter two years after; and now Italy?

Autor(s): Romolo M. Dorizzi

Issue: RIMeL - IJLaM, Vol. 5, N. 1, 2009 (MAF Servizi srl ed.)

Page(s): 3-11

The long awaited second phase of the Carter Report has been published on 18 December 2008 and contains a vision for the NHS pathology services. According to the document, the main objective must be improved quality and patient safety delivered through service consolidation. The case for consolidation is based on the activity and cost data collected from a representative sample of NHS pathology pilot sites in England. Wide variations between pilot sites were found, and analysis of these variations confirms the main recommendations made in first report. Modelling exercises were undertaken which showed that significant savings could be achieved through the reconfiguration and consolidation of pathology services. Also according to Carter Report-2008, service consolidation is necessary to transform pathology services so that they can respond swiftly to the challenges presented by innovation (particularly from the genomic revolution), system reform across the NHS and changes in the structure of the workforce. .....

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