NHSI pathology reconfiguration

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Dear Weston Area Health NHS 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

FOI, Waht (WESTON AREA HEALTH NHS TRUST), Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Dear J Graham,

I acknowledge receipt of your email received 5 October 2017 requesting information under the Freedom of Information Act.

I can confirm that your request is currently being processed and a response will be forwarded to you within 20 working days.

Regards,

Jodie Fry

on behalf of Sheridan Flavin
Director of Human Resources

Telephone: 01934 647002

www.waht.nhs.uk

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From: J Graham <[FOI #436537 email]>
Sent: 05 October 2017 20:14
To: FOI, Waht (WESTON AREA HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - NHSI pathology reconfiguration

Dear Weston Area Health NHS 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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FOI, Waht (WESTON AREA HEALTH NHS TRUST), Weston Area Health NHS Trust

Dear J Graham

 

Please find below the response to your recent Freedom of Information
enquiry from Weston Area Health NHS Trust.

 

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)      No

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

 

I trust that your request has been satisfactorily answered, but I should
advise you that you have the right to complain about this response by
reference to the complaints procedure of the Weston Area Health NHS Trust,
in which case you should write to me at this email address.

 

If you remain dissatisfied with the decision of the Trust following your
complaint, you may write to the Information Commissioner, whose address
is:

 

Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow,
Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

               

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

Jo Ward

 

on behalf of Gillian Hoskins

Trust Board Secretary &

Freedom to Speak Up Guardian                     

 

 

[1][email address]

 

Telephone: 01934 647002

 

 

[2]www.waht.nhs.uk

 

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From: J Graham <[3][FOI #436537 email]>
Sent: 05 October 2017 20:14
To: FOI, Waht (WESTON AREA HEALTH NHS TRUST)
Subject: Freedom of Information request - NHSI pathology reconfiguration

Dear Weston Area Health NHS 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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