Big pathology lobbies for lower GP rents

BIG pathology labs under threat from funding cuts are once more lobbying for rent control of collection centres as they dump less-profitable contracts with general practices. 

Cost-cutting moves by market leaders Primary Health Care and Sonic Healthcare have led to some winnowing of their collection desk arrangements, even before the government announced plans to scrap pathology bulk-billing incentives.

Primary, which has claimed the largest number of collection centres with a list of some 2114, says it has shed more