READING about the failures of the pathology lab that serves Basildon Hospital, I am angry. Very angry indeed.

How can a vital, publiclyfunded medical service, contracted out to a profitseeking corporate, refuse to reveal how many cervical smear tests were misdiagnosed over more than a year?

It turns out Pathology First was undertaking testing without proper accreditation.

We need to see more honesty from the NHS managers involved and the Pathology First management.

They must tell the truth, admit the size of the errors and convince us that they really do have the situation under control.

Women’s lives are at stake.

Freddie Dawkins

Dock Road, Grays