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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Toronto Star Earns My Respect, Exposes ANOTHER LIBERAL SCANDAL
and during the election campaign. I think tommorrow Ill say yes to that paper in the drive-thru. Full story HERE.
"When patients undergo something as serious as a cancer test, they want to be assured they are getting the best care possible.
So why is the Ontario government seemingly ignoring repeated warnings that a Toronto-based medical laboratory has failed to meet quality standards for a critical cancer screening test?
That’s the question being asked by members of an influential committee mandated by the government itself to ensure the quality of lab testing for a province-wide colorectal cancer screening program.
The committee formally notified Health Minister Deb Matthews and senior Ontario health ministry officials earlier this year that Alpha Laboratories Inc. had not met quality standards for three consecutive months, starting last November.
In bluntly worded letters and emails obtained by the Star, the committee urged the government to order Alpha to immediately stop its fecal occult blood testing program and to inform doctors that their patients should be retested by labs that do meet prescribed quality standards.
Specifically, the committee is concerned about the under-reporting of patients who may test positive and should be referred for a colonoscopy.
Alpha is the only Ontario lab that has failed to pass three months in a row.
Despite the warnings, though, neither Matthews nor senior health ministry bureaucrats have yet responded formally to the committee."