Petition Echo campaigns to keep blood tests local in south Essex
The Echo newspaper is campaigning for blood testing to be kept in south Essex.
Regional health authority NHS Midlands and East has decided Bedford is the best place to carry out analysis of pathology samples requested by GPs.
They will be sent by road from Southend, Basildon and Castle Point to Harlow first and then on to Bedford for screening. Results will then go to GPs.
You can now get blood tests back in a hour using the in house system at Southend and Basildon Hospitals but under the new scheme it could take days, wasting valuable time.
The Echo campaign asks for the pathology testing to remain within south Essex to provide the best service to patients.
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It was submitted during the 2010–2015 Conservative – Liberal Democrat coalition government