Canada's Pathologists Unveil Action Plan



    OTTAWA, July 16 /CNW Telbec/ - The Canadian Association of Pathologists
(CAP) wrapped up its annual meeting in Ottawa today with the release of a
five-point plan to ensure Canada has the highest quality laboratory services.
    "Canada's medical laboratory system is the foundation upon which good
patient care, diagnosis and treatment rests," said Dr. Jagdish Butany.
"Canada's pathologists and laboratory technologists work hard to deliver
critical, time-sensitive information and this new action plan will give them
the support they need."
    The CAP five-point plan calls for:

    
    1) Mandatory certification for each prognostic and predictive test
       performed by a medical laboratory;
    2) An external validation system where test results from one laboratory
       would be verified by another, independent external, laboratory;
    3) Dissemination and use of the Canadian National Checklist for
       diagnostic immunohistochemistry. The Checklist is a robust quality
       assurance system for laboratories that includes test validation, staff
       training and competency assessment, standardization of operating
       procedures and equipment maintenance;
    4) Creation of a national body, separate from government, to accredit all
       medical laboratories in Canada and ensure they meet quality and
       critical mass standards;
    5) Immediate and ongoing support from federal, provincial and territorial
       governments to address the critical workforce and resource shortages
       undermining laboratory medicine.
    

    "What we are proposing is the creation of an appropriately resourced
national system to promote excellence in the laboratory medicine in Canada,"
added Dr. Butany. "The plan is ready, we now look to our political leaders to
step forward with the support needed to get it up and running."
    Over the course of the CAP meeting, over 300 pathologists from across the
country gathered to discuss issues facing laboratory medicine in Canada and
internationally.
    "Canadian laboratories are not unique in facing workload, human-resource
issues or problems related to quality control," said Dr. Butany. "We are
unique in that we lack a national quality-assurance program to link
laboratories, provide support and administer national standards."




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