27 November 2019

Pathologists are crucial to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients but the pathology workforce is under pressure and there are acute shortages that need to be addressed.

The College has today launched its health priorities for the next government, which focus on the following areas:

  • investing in workforce for patients
  • IT and infrastructure for better patient care
  • genomic testing
  • pensions.

College President Professor Jo Martin said:

‘Pathologists are crucial to diagnosis, treatment and monitoring of patients and there are acute shortages that need to be addressed. Only 3% of NHS histopathology departments have enough staff to meet clinical demand, transfusion is in serious workforce shortage and across all disciplines pathology staff are working under increased pressures to meet rising demand.

‘Further investment is needed in IT and infrastructure for better patient care. Pathologists need better IT for day-to-day work including modern, functional laboratory information systems, voice recognition support and remote working software for multidisciplinary teams.’

Download the Royal College of Pathologists' health priorities for the next government