Campaigners in Dorset have greeted the decision by Dorset County Hospital’s board not to transfer the hospital’s pathology lab to a private provider with relief and praise for the Board at making the right decision.
This is the right decision for the people of Dorset and for the long term future of the hospital. Pathology is at the centre of a well functioning hospital. I was particularly worried about the long term impact of the lab being passed over to a private provider, not just because of the distance it might have involved but because of the potential risk in quality and of increase in costs which have often occurred with past privatisations. I would like to thank the 11,000 people who signed our petition, many of whom have agreed to sign the pledge to write to their MP to protest about the privatisation of the NHS. This is one small battle won but we still need to be vigilant because winning one battle is not winning the war, and there will be other services under threat in the future.’