The Fugacity of Pathology’s Capacity
CRUK’s pathology report highlights impending capacity problems – can the crisis be averted?
William Aryitey |
How important is pathology? If you’re reading this, you no doubt understand how essential your role is in the clinical process, but as one of our previous features pointed out, pathologists can often be underappreciated by those not in the know (1). So any recognition of the value of pathology by those outside of the profession is certainly welcomed, even if it’s not for the right reasons.
A recent report by Cancer Research UK (CRUK) unfortunately makes uncomfortable reading. While it highlights the crucial role of pathology in cancer diagnosis and its high value to patient care, it comes with a big warning: pathologists will not be able to cope with the growing demands for their services if it investment is not made, quality (2).
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- M Schubert, “The last respite of the socially inept?”, The Pathologist, 3, 18–25 (2014). Available at: bit.ly/1Fs4FSH.
- Cancer Research UK, “Testing times to come? An evaluation of pathology capacity across the UK” (2016). Available at: bit.ly/2h1OJNd. Accessed December 7, 2016.
- The Royal College of Pathologists, “RCPath response to ‘Testing times to come? report” |(2016). Available at: bit.ly/2gjg4wj. Accessed December 7, 2016.