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Letter to the Globe & Mail

January 04, 2012

CSMLS President, Tricia VanDenakker’s letter to the editor is published in the Globe & Mail as a response to an article in the newspaper on Laboratory Safety.

Patient safety must be protected within Canada’s Laboratories

André Picard’s article, (What we should learn from our pathology problems - Jan. 2), touches on critical issues facing the pathology and laboratory professions. As a medical laboratory technologist and President of The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) I think it is important for Canadians to understand that these issues significantly affect patient care. We at CSMLS support implementing nationwide regulation of all laboratory professionals to maintain standards and ensure accountability. In my profession, medical laboratory technologists are regulated in seven out of thirteen provinces and territories. Don’t patients in the other six jurisdictions deserve the same standard of care? Also needed is a national standard for accrediting medical laboratories. This process should be accountable to governments for review and oversight. Patient diagnoses and successful treatments are dependent on the work of many health professionals. We all must ensure that patient safety remains the number one priority.

Tricia VanDenakker
President, Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science

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