Tag Archives: RCPath

Paradoxical effects and missing data

Antidepressants are much bigger business than accreditation.  It seems they too have paradoxical effects.  In this case, many links to murders and suicides.  They are almost as necessary as guns to perform a massacre.  SSRIstories.com lists a lot of cases. … Continue reading

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Thinking the unthinkable…and investigating it

“The Prostate Intervention Versus Observation Trust (PIVOT), led by Timothy Wilt, began in 1993 with 731 subjects, following them over 12 years to monitor their health.   “It compared cancer patients who had their prostate gland removed with those monitored … Continue reading

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The just-make-them-do-it mindset – more oversight leads to less accountability

James Falk has described beautifully some aspects of the bureaucratic mentality.  He does not mention UKAS or the NHS, but he understands the issues at work.  Mmm, you can almost taste the condensation running down the walls at the accountability … Continue reading

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Not quite “the most anal-OCD masters of the universe” (with pictures)

Photographers don’t need the inspection cartel to make them obsessive, but they deal with it differently. “…’Bad lenses are rare, but the people who examine them with anal zeal are not and this article won’t cure them, sad to say.’ … Continue reading

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How to assess the quality of a pathology service: surrogate measures

The Royal College of Pathologists has published a draft report entitled How to assess the quality of a pathology service.  Report of a meeting held to discuss the evaluation of medical laboratories in the context of health service reform. Despite praising ISO 15189, … Continue reading

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Going where no ISO has gone before

As the inadequacy of ISO 15189 is increasingly recognised, CPA and UKAS have persuaded the Royal College of Pathologists that the answer lies in extending the inspectors’ remit to important areas outside the current ISO:  Clinical Pathology Accreditation The Royal … Continue reading

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