Fri, 06 Jan 2012
'Yell louder this time' (01 January 2012), is a timely reminder of what the Canadian Association of Pathologists has known for years. Health Ministries have limited understanding and appreciation of the crucial role lab tests play in building a sound medical care for Canadians.
Our pathologists are well trained in providing the best interpretation of patients’ lab tests. However, most laboratory physicians operate in “systems” such as Regional Health Authorities that control resources such as funding for new positions and new technology implementation. Cost savings over the years have negatively impacted our pathology practice environment. “Cost-savings in pathology are illusory" says it all. In the meantime, our workloads are going up while we anticipate a shortage of pathologists.
Our Association is working diligently, through collaborations with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, the College of American Pathologists and others, to continuously update, educate our pathologists and endorse quality initiatives. However we cannot do it alone. We are ready to lend our enthusiasm and wealth of expertise through our membership to any Health Governing body willing to give us the attention and resources Laboratory Medicine in Canada deserves.
Vina Alexopoulou, MD, FRCPC
President, Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP)