CALM response to 'Pathology Problems'
Fri, 06 Jan 2012

Letter in Response to Andre Picard’s column "What We Should Learn from our Pathology Problems" (02 January 2012)

In response to Andre Picard’s comment that “you need better people” we would like to emphasize that Canadian laboratory physicians undergo stringent training, licensing and credentialing, and participate in mandatory continuing professional development. Most laboratories are accredited, and engage in stringent quality assurance practices, resulting in lower rates of medical error than most other areas of medicine. Canadian laboratory physicians have made much progress in developing national standards, including through the formation of the Canadian Alliance of Laboratory Medicine which is working with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada to form a Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine. But laboratories will need significant support from government and hospital administrators, and the public to reverse the growing reduction in the relative number of laboratory physicians, increasing workloads and pressure to reduce laboratory costs that will undermine quality assurance programs and patient safety.

Laurette Geldenhuys
Chair, Canadian Alliance of Laboratory Medicine
T: (902) 473-7334