College health priorities for the new government

With the election of a new government in December 2019 and with ten doctors serving as MPs in parliament, we are working hard to ensure that pathology services are high on the health agenda over the next parliamentary term. In particular, we continue to press for a resolution to the pensions crisis.

Prior to the General Election the College launched its health priorities for the new government, which focused 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 new government

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