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Dear Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust,

NHS Improvement wrote to the chief executives of all non-specialist acute trusts in England on or around 7th September 2017 in relation to their proposal for pathology hubs and spokes, which divided English NHS hospitals into 29 groups. Chief executives were required to reply by September 30th 2017, either agreeing to commit resources to forming a pathology hub and spoke with the other trusts defined for them by NHS improvement, or to submit an alternative proposal. In relation to this, please answer the following questions:

a. Has the chief executive of your trust written to confirm their acceptance of the proposal from NHS Improvement

b. If the answer to a) is ‘no’, do they plan to and if so by when?

c. If the answer to a) is ‘no’, has the trust submitted an alternative proposal

d. Are the trust considering (either in alignment with the NHS Improvement proposal, or as an alternative) any solutions which would involve partnerships with or outsourcing (we are excluding the sending of low volume specialist tests to these companies from the definition of outsourcing) to private sector laboratory companies (defined as companies which manage laboratories such as TDL, Sonic, HSL, synlab, Labco, Viapath, and not companies which provide equipment such as Siemens, Abbott laboratories, or Roche)

e. Have the trust, either individually, or collectively with the other trusts in its group, ruled out any form of partnership or outsourcing the management of their laboratories as defined above, for the foreseeable future.

Yours faithfully,

J Graham

barnsley@infreemation.co.uk, Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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I can confirm that the Trust does hold the information you have requested.

Thank you for your request for information, details of which are below:

Freedom of Information Request

NHS Improvement wrote to the chief executives of all non-specialist acute
trusts in England on or around 7th September 2017 in relation to their
proposal for pathology hubs and spokes, which divided English NHS
hospitals into 29 groups. Chief executives were required to reply by
September 30th 2017, either agreeing to commit resources to forming a
pathology hub and spoke with the other trusts defined for them by NHS
improvement, or to submit an alternative proposal. In relation to this,
please answer the following questions:

a. Has the chief executive of your trust written to confirm their
acceptance of the proposal from NHS Improvement - Yes

b. If the answer to a) is ‘no’, do they plan to and if so by when? N/A

c. If the answer to a) is ‘no’, has the trust submitted an alternative
proposal N/A

d. Are the trust considering (either in alignment with the NHS Improvement
proposal, or as an alternative) any solutions which would involve
partnerships with or outsourcing (we are excluding the sending of low
volume specialist tests to these companies from the definition of
outsourcing) to private sector laboratory companies (defined as companies
which manage laboratories such as TDL, Sonic, HSL, synlab, Labco, Viapath,
and not companies which provide equipment such as Siemens, Abbott
laboratories, or Roche) The Tust is considering alignment.

e. Have the trust, either individually, or collectively with the other
trusts in its group, ruled out any form of partnership or outsourcing the
management of their laboratories as defined above, for the foreseeable
future. - No

This completes the Trust’s response to your request.

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Katie Hunter

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Information Governance Department

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