20 December 2017 (Wednesday) - Quality?

UKAS sent out their update newsletter today. Back in the day I could just do blood tests without specifically having to worry about the UKAS sorts of stuff as it was implicit in what we did. Now (more and more) we are doing this sort of stuff in the lab because we can rather than for any actual benefit to patients or service.
Why on earth do we measure the turnaround time of pre-operative group-and-saves (for example)? Purely because we can, and then people in offices can measure how quick or slow a lab is at doing a test which really doesn’t need to be done with any urgency.
This whole “quality” thing needs to be revisited and reconsidered…

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