- Tendered contract would cover Princess Alexandra Hospital, West Hertfordshire Hospitals, and East and North Hertfordshire trusts
- Move forms part of NHS Improvement national initiative
Three trusts’ pathology services look likely to be outsourced in an STP-wide procurement process.
A tender notice for a new service provider, published this month, would award a contract for all pathology disciplines currently serviced by Princess Alexandra Hospital, West Hertfordshire Hospitals, and East and North Hertfordshire trusts.
Princess Alexandra Hospital Trust will host a market engagement day later in April for organisations to provide feedback on the procurement, which will then determine the number of lots created.
A PAHT spokeswoman said the combining and outsourcing of local pathology services formed part of the national programme initiated by NHS Improvement.
In 2017, NHSI instructed trusts to join up their pathology services into 29 networks, in line with a Carter review recommendation.
Date: 24 April 2019