Thursday, April 28, 2011

UIS professor calls attention to medical shortages

An Illinois professor is calling attention to the shortage of medical lab workers. While the focus has been on too few nurses, Professor Paula Garrott says on a percentage basis, the shortage of lab scientists and technicians is even greater. And the problem may only get worse with 40-percent of the current workforce set to retire in the next decade. That could mean delays in test results and other problems.

Garrott chairs the Clinical Lab Science Department at the University of Illinois Springfield. She says the shortage of employees in health labs stems from a lack of awareness.

Garrott's comments were featured in an April 26, 2011, report by WUIS Public Radio.

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