The Independent Reconfiguration Panel has approved in part proposals to reorganise pathology in Lincolnshire.

The panel supported the assimilation of the microbiology lab at Lincoln County Hospital, part of United Lincolnshire Hospitals trust, into that at Scunthorpe Hospital, part of Northern Lincolnshire and Goole Hospitals foundation trust.

However, it said consultant microbiologists and an infection control team should remain at Lincoln. The panel said the region was at “the forefront of national progress” in pathology configuration and the Department of Health should be told how its plans progress.