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The future of pathology services

A report from Nuffield Trust identifies opportunities for pathology to make substantial improvements in care for patients, and deliver savings estimated at £200m.

It argues that despite major reviews identifying these possibilities in 2006 and 2008, progress has been patchy. The report warns that progress in these fields risks being held back by a shortage of doctors, with Royal College of Pathologists figures showing 40% of specialists in the field are over 55 and most of those plan to retire within five years. Financial investment, too, will be needed to support changes.