The National Pathology Accreditation Advisory Council (NPAAC) has recently made decisions that appears to be entirely about vested interests rather than ensuring the best patient outcomes.
Under current regulations, a major pathology service may be under the direction, control and full-time supervision of a pathologist, or senior scientist who is expert in the group, or groups, concerned. The new NPAAC Standards specifically provide for a pathologist to be in charge of all sections of pathology. This specific change is reflected in two new NPAAC documents – Requirements for medical pathology services and Requirements for supervision in the clinical governance of medical pathology laboratories.
There are no clinical reasons for this change and there is no evidence provided that such a change would improve laboratory services. This is purely a push to have pathologists in charge of laboratories and nothing to do with patient safety.
That is why we, the undersigned, demand that the Minister intervene urgently to stop the current proposed changes to NPAAC regulations that makes pathologists the only ones effectively in charge of a medical pathology laboratory.