Pathology cuts leave SA vulnerable to outbreaks like coronavirus Professionals Australia will appear before the Parliamentary Select Committee Inquiry into SA Pathology and Medical Imaging, saying the staff cuts to SA Pathology will leave the state vulnerable to future outbreaks like coronavirus.
In her evidence to the Committee, SA Director of Professionals Australia Sarah Andrews will describe how SA Pathology was instrumental in defending the state against coronavirus but with further staff cuts, this capacity would be compromised.
“When the outbreak of coronavirus first occurred, it was difficult to get testing kits because of the high demand globally,” said Ms Andrews. “The Virology division in SA Pathology was able to design and get a validated method up and running, within two weeks with other kits sold out worldwide and unavailable.
This in house testing was available 1 week before the British national health system (NHS) with their large pool of laboratory experts were able to have their in house testing up and running.