Sunday, April 6, 2008

Nfld. deemed a tough place for pathologists

ST. JOHN'S -- A consultant who studied the workload and pay rates for pathologists across Newfoundland and Labrador says the province could find it difficult to recruit and retain pathologists when there is already a shortage elsewhere.

The January, 2007, report by Raymond Maung, which was obtained by the St. John's Telegram, also says pathology is not as popular among medical students as other specialties.

The Department of Health said it did not hire Dr. Maung in response to a scandal surrounding inaccurate test results given to 383 breast-cancer patients in the province. It says it acted because the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association raised concerns about the recruitment and retention of pathologists.

Madam Justice Margaret Cameron of the Newfoundland Supreme Court is holding a public inquiry into the botched tests at a hospital lab in St. John's.

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