25: The Department of Health and Community Services should investigate and study the potential for the expansion of services that could be provided by pathology assistants to laboratories in the province.
The department has determined there is a role for pathology assistants within the province; however, some RHAs report limited availability of trained people to fill these positions. Furthermore, contact was made with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS) who indicated it would not be developing IHC and pathology assistant training programs. Discussions are on-going with Eastern Heath to examine the possibility of developing a provincial training program for pathology assistants. - via The Telegram (24 March 2010)