9 September 2021

The Getting It Right First Time (GIRFT) programme has published its latest report on pathology services.

The College values the thorough and comprehensive review of pathology services across England carried out by the GIRFT team. The detailed route map to improve pathology services set out by the team is one we can support.

Without the right test, at the right time, with the right answer, safe and effective patient care cannot be delivered. Having the right number of staff in the right places will be key to the delivery of this report’s ambitious vision to build an agile and resilient pathology service with patients at its heart. The principles of supporting best clinical working practice, building single-service, mutually supportive teams, and future-proofing pathology with strong data and digital foundations are central to the College’s mission of supporting our members to deliver excellence in pathology practice for the benefit of the public.

We are reviewing the report with our members and, with their contribution, will be making our full response to the report.

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