Reference 2019-483

REF:            2019-483

Subject:        Pathology Diagnostics

 

 

Request:

Subject: Reporting of histology cases

During the financial year 2018/19, please state which of the following arrangements were used for reporting histology cases which were not reported by employed or locum histopathologists during their contracted Programmed Activities (PAs).  Please also state the amount spent in each category used.

  1. a) Payment to own consultants for additional work outside contracted PAs.   Method used   YES/ NO  if YES  £amount spent in year
  2. b) Payment directly to another Trust/ NHS provider, or consultants employed by another Trust/ NHS provider for reporting.  Method used   YES/ NO  if YES  £amount spent in year
  3. c) Payment to a commercial company for reporting.     Method used   YES/ NO  if YES  £amount spent in year

If the answer to c) above was yes, please state which of the following companies was used, and the amount paid to each of the following companies in relation to financial year 2018/19.

  1. a) Backlogs Limited      Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  2. b) Source Bioscience      Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  3. c) LD Path                     Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  4. d) Cellular Pathology Services      Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  5. e) Other – please state which      Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year

How many Whole Time Equivalent histopathology consultants were in post on 31/3/19?

 

Subject: Procurement of GP Direct Access Pathology Services

Please list the pathology providers, including NHS organisations, which you used during financial year 2018/19 to provide GP direct access pathology services (list any provider with a spend in the year greater than £25,000)

 

Please provide the amount spent with each provider on GP direct access pathology during the year 2018/19.

Please state which of following methods for calculating payment best describes the contractual arrangement between the CCG and each provider

–          Amount paid for direct access pathology not explicitly stated, ie included within larger overall contract

–          Fixed payment amount for pathology agreed for the year

–          Fixed payment amount agreed for the year, but adjusted if volumes are higher or lower than expected

–          Payment calculated based on a cost per specialty, eg £X per blood science test, £Y per microbiology sample, £Z per histology case

–          Payment calculated on a price per specific test, eg £X for Urea and Electrolytes, £Y for full blood count, £Z for MRSA test

Have the authority undertaken a procurement advertised via OJEU for GP direct access pathology during the past five years?  If so, please provide link.

 

Subject: Reporting of radiology

During the financial year 2018/19, please state which of the following arrangements were used for reporting radiology cases which were not reported by employed or locum radiologists during their contracted Programmed Activities (PAs).  Please also state the amount spent in each category used.

  1. a) Payment to own consultants for additional work outside contracted PAs.   Method used   YES/ NO  if YES  £amount spent in year
  2. b) Payment directly to another Trust/ NHS provider, or consultants employed by another Trust/ NHS provider for reporting.  Method used   YES/ NO  if YES  £amount spent in year
  3. c) Payment to a commercial company for reporting.     Method used   YES/ NO  if YES  £amount spent in year

If the answer to c) above was yes, please state which of the following companies was used, and the amount paid to each of the following companies in relation to financial year 2018/19.

  1. a)  Medica plc         Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  2. b) Telemedicine Clinic (TMC)       Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year

cRadiology Reporting Online, also known as Everlight                    Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year

  1. d) Four Ways      Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  2. e) Dulwich Medical   Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year
  3. f) Other – please state which      Company used   YES/ NO    if YES £amount spent in year

 

 

Response:

Please find information attached.

2019-483 – FOI request – Pathology Diagnostics [131 kb] PDF