Abano Diagnostics enters negotiations with DHBs

Capital and Coast DHB and Hutt Valley DHB have today announced that they have engaged in discussions with Abano Healthcare Group’s diagnostic business, Medical Laboratory Wellington, to provide community laboratory services for the region.

In January 2006, Medical Laboratory Wellington formed a joint venture with Sonic’s Hutt Valley Diagnostics to tender for the community pathology service in Wellington and Hutt Valley. Medical Laboratory Wellington is the current provider for the Capital & Coast DHB region and Valley Diagnostic Laboratories currently provides community laboratory services in the Hutt Valley.

The joint venture has today been informed by the DHBs that they remain one of two preferred suppliers and that the DHBs would like to enter into negotiation discussions.

The other preferred supplier – a partnership between the Capital and Coast DHB Hospital Laboratory (known as CapLab) and New Zealand Diagnostic Group (NZDG) – will now be placed in abeyance while the DHBs are in discussions with the Abano and Sonic joint venture.

Managing director of Abano Healthcare Group, Mr Alan Clarke, said: “We are delighted with the offer to enter into negotiations with the DHBs. Medical Laboratory Wellington has provided community pathology services in Wellington for over 70 years, and we welcome the opportunity to discuss the continuation of this important community service.”

For more information, please contact:

Mr Alan Clarke
Managing director, Abano Healthcare Group
Tel: 09 361 0482 or mob: 021 368818

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