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Dear Salisbury 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

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18^th October 2017

Reference No: FOI_3984
Dear  J Graham
Regarding your request for information that we received on the 4^th October
2017, . We hope this information is satisfactory and meets your intended
request requirements. Should this information not answer your questions,
please contact us using the email address at the bottom of this email, or
you can write to us using the address above.
 
Question No. 1
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:

Has the chief executive of your trust written to confirm their acceptance of
the proposal from NHS Improvement?
 
Answer No. 1
Yes.
 
 
Question No. 2
If the answer to 1) is 'no', do they plan to and if so by when?
 
Answer No. 2
N/A
 
 
Question No. 3
If the answer to 1) is 'no', has the trust submitted an alternative proposal
 
Answer No. 3
N/A
 
 
Question No. 4
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)
 
Answer No. 4
No not at this stage. This Trust already has strong links within the NHSI
proposed network and we will work with our network partners to seek maximum
benefit from the proposed arrangements.
 
 
Question No. 5
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?
 
Answer No. 5
Network group meetings have been clear to date that an NHS solution is being
sought.
 
 
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