The laboratory, which tests samples taken from patients for infections such as MRSA, moved from Lincoln County Hospital to Scunthorpe Hospital in April 2009 following some considerable objection with a ‘Save the Microbiology Laboratory’ Campaign spearheaded by Conservative Parliamentary Candidate for Lincoln, Mr. Karl McCartney.
At a United Lincolnshire Hospital Trust board meeting this week the agenda revealed there had been no recorded complaints of samples going missing from Lincoln during the journey to Scunthorpe. Nevertheless councillors raised concerns at yesterday's Lincolnshire Health Scrutiny Committee that adequate systems to monitor performance were not in place.
Cllr. Meg Davidson, Conservative (Fiskerton Ward), questioned whether the full picture had been revealed.
"Clearly this is a work in progress.
"I see from the trust's report that it says since the first few weeks of the service transferring, there have been no recorded complaints regarding missing samples. There is no mention that there is still work to do to sort out the incident reporting system. Perhaps that does not give the complete picture to the board."