Muir Gray said that it might be better to use a private OHP as they have dedicated
centres isolated from busy hospitals and are centrally organised unlike the NHS.
There was a general consensus for this approach. Gordon Paterson stressed the
need for consistency in the collection of urine and the giving of advice. Simon
Dougherty expressed concern that national coverage could not be achieved using
b) Margaret Spittle asked if it could be minuted that there seemed to be a distrust
of the NHS amongst some members of the DUOB. Chris Busby stated that he did
not feel that this was the case but considered that the NHS was already
overstretched. There was a general consensus that veterans were likely to find it
more convenient to attend a private OHP.
c) Muir Gray stated that a ‘pathway’ needed to be drawn up detailing the whole
process of urine collection, analysis, sending results to the co-ordinating centre
and the provision of advice. He took an action to do this.
Action 5.8. Muir Gray to produce pathway for testing process
d) Gordon Paterson expressed concern over whether there was sufficient
expertise in private healthcare to give advice on DU. Nick Baldock stated that
those who did not have experience in the nuclear field would find it difficult to
provide such advice.
e) Chris Busby asked if the results would be given out immediately or if they
would be held for some time. Gordon Paterson pointed out there were two issues:
the individual result of the urine test and how that test compared with those found
in other veterans and in the general population. Ray Bristow stated that veterans
would want to see the results of their personal test immediately, but obviously
might have to wait for the comparison with others.
f) It was pointed out that the arrangements for serving military personnel would
have to be considered.
g) There was a discussion regarding the coding of the samples. Chris Busby
expressed the view that an independent party should hold the information relating
the paperwork and urine sample to the individual. David Coggon thought that it
would be adequate for the veteran to hold a copy of the paperwork with the code
relating to the urine sample. Chris Busby undertook to write a small paper
explaining his concerns over sample security and what could be done to overcome
Action 5.9. Chris Busby to write paper on sample security
Information For General Practitioners
h) The Secretary had circulated a paper prior to the meeting which had been
produced by the Chairman regarding the information that should be provided to
GPs. There were a number of minor comments on this draft and the Chairman
undertook to produced a more detailed version.