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Inside the Lab Histology, Training and education, Profession, Laboratory management

Averting a Histopathology Crisis

Increased demand for histopathology services has not been matched with enough recruitment in the UK, resulting in backlogs and case outsourcing. Could healthcare scientists alleviate the pressure on histopathology labs? Jo Horne looks at the latest evidence…

There is a well-established histopathology workforce crisis in the UK. It’s a critical situation caused by an ever-increasing demand on services without a corresponding rise in appropriately trained staff. Because only 3 percent of diagnostic laboratories currently have enough staff to deliver their reporting workload (1), backlogs and case outsourcing are increasingly commonplace. The shortage can lead to longer turnaround times that leave patients waiting for results, ultimately impacting their treatment plans – and potentially even their outcomes.

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Jo Horne

Consultant Healthcare Scientist in histopathological dissection and reporting in the cellular pathology department, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK.

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