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Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 10:31 am on 31st January 2013.

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Photo of Barry Gardiner Barry Gardiner Labour, Brent North 10:31 am, 31st January 2013

May we have an urgent debate on pathology services in north-west London? Since The Doctors Laboratory—TDL—took over those services last month, doctors have complained that bloods are not stored or transported safely. One general practitioner has reported that 300 results have gone missing, that an excessive number of potassium results are high and that INR results are unexpectedly low. As the Leader of the House well knows, that could lead to a misdiagnosis and, consequently, an increase in warfarin, which could be fatal. Those matters have now been reported to the Care Quality Commission as have concerns of all the

GPs in the area and the North West London Hospitals NHS Trust. The matter is urgent and I hope he will create time to debate it.