Allow private pathology providers to perform COVID-19 molecular testing in WA

Allow private pathology providers to perform COVID-19 molecular testing in WA

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Alexander Pollard started this petition to Roger Cook Minister for Health

Currently there is a monopoly in relation to COVID-19 testing in Western Australia.

Samples are collected in designated Covid clinics and testing performed by the designated public health laboratory (Path West). 

Why are the private pathology laboratories excluded from testing when they have an extensive network of federal government accredited collection centres?

The criteria for testing has recently been expanded to allow General practioners to order tests but these patients are to flood the existing Covid clinics for sample collection rather than referral to a private pathology centre which would be more efficient.

This current situation is indefensible as private pathology laboratories have instrumentation and capacity to perform molecular testing.

Due to the reduction in patients attending pathology collection centres highly skilled staff are required to take unpaid leave placing further anxiety and stress on families.

Currently reagents that should be being used in WA to more broadly screen for community acquired infection are being repatriated to the Eastern states where such inefficient testing arrangements do not exist.

 

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