Headlines: December 14th, 2001

Patients are facing potentially dangerous delays in receiving test results following the end of a public private partnership in pathology, according to the British Medical Association.The problems follow the end of a private sector contract and return of pathology services at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage to the public sector. The trust and private provider OmniLabs could not agree on a formula which would have allowed the hospital to continue to use OmniLabs computers for a changeover period, says an article in the latest BMA News.

There have been delays while data is transferred from one computer system to another, and problems with tracking specimens.

It is said that neither side would enter such a similar contract again.