Consultant Urologist Mr Ased Ali In Conversation with Urology News about the MUST Campaign
1 in 4 people in the UK will not receive an accurate diagnosis or correct treatment from their doctor because the urine sample - clinically known as a specimen - they provided was unreliable or contaminated.
We want to Make Urine Samples Trustworthy – we are the MUST Campaign.
Like blood tests, urine tests are used to diagnose lots of diseases and illnesses. Unlike blood tests, urine tests aren’t collected in a consistent or reliable way. There is no set way to take a urine sample and that makes them unreliable and untrustworthy.
What do we want?
At the MUST Campaign, we are calling on the UK Government and the Department of Health to set a standard of urine sample collection that has to be followed across the country. We are campaigning for a set of guidelines that will lead to accurate diagnoses and treatment for patients.
"The diagnosis of a urine infection is a 'dog's breakfast.' Most patients presenting to the primary care sector will have their urine tested with a dipstick test and that is grossly insensitive.
"The sensitivity is so weak that you cannot possibly make a judgment of disease on that evidence."
Dr. James Malone-Lee
Professor Emeritus of Medicine, University College London