UPDATE Thursday: A spokeswoman for Australian Clinical Labs said urgent microbiology would continue to be performed on site at Bendigo while non-urgent microbiology tests would be redirected to the company’s 24-hour laboratory in Melbourne.
“We don’t expect there will be significant changes to turnaround times,” she said.
The spokeswoman said which services Bendigo Health chose to fund in either an on or off-site capacity was a commercial decision for the hospital.
“Outsourcing to Australian Clinical Labs provides the hospital with access to specialists and leading technologies it would not have access to if pathology was in-sourced,” she said.
The spokeswoman said ACL would work with the affected employees to find suitable redeployment within the organisation.
“We will have a clearer idea of the number of redundancies when the consultation period is completed in the next few weeks,” she said.
EARLIER: News the privately operated pathology services provider at Bendigo Health will close its microbiology lab at the hospital next month has been met with disbelief from health workers and the pathologists union.
Australian Clinical Labs told staff last week the company reviewed its regional laboratory sites and made the decision to centralise all routine microbiology testing currently performed in Bendigo to its premises in the Melbourne suburb of Clayton.
Seven full and part-time workers are at risk of losing their jobs as a result of the move.
Former pathology director at Bendigo Health, Vince Murdolo who now holds the same position at the Royal Hobart Hospital, is among those speaking out about what he calls “McDonald’s pathology” following the revelations staff who previously performed the tests in Bendigo…