The British In Vitro Diagnostics Association (BIVDA) has welcomed the publication of the NHS England report Diagnostics: Recover and Renewal, praising some of its recommendations.
Helen Dent, BIVDA Chief Operating Officer, said:
“We welcome the publication of Diagnostics: Recovery and Renewal. Diagnostics, and IVDs in particular have a key role to play in getting the NHS back to full strength, identifying conditions and treating patients, while at the same time coping with the ongoing pandemic.
“In particular we broadly support the idea of community Diagnostic Hubs, where patients will be able to get their tests done without having to visit hospital – we know that fear of catching COVID-19 in medical settings is deterring people from seeking treatment, and this will help ensure patients can access care in what they consider a safe environment.
“We look forward to working closely with NHS England and our BIVDA members on the next steps and the implementation of this report.”
The report has encouraged NHS England to create diagnostic hubs in vacant high street units or car parks, aimed at enabling much easier access to vital tests. Read more on the report in MAP’s coverage of the story, and read the full BIVDA response for more information.