I’m concerned about the shortage of medical laboratory professionals.  Is this a regional or national issue?

How can a hospital protect itself against a shortage of qualified laboratory staff?

With the shortage of laboratory professionals, I have heard that some institutions hire biology/chemistry graduates and train them on-the-job.  Could this work for our institution?

What qualifications and competencies should laboratory personnel have to ensure good quality and cost-effective care for our patients?

Why is it so important to have such specifically educated, well-trained individuals to work in a laboratory?  Isn't much of what they do performed by instruments and machines that do most of the work?

What potential risks does my facility and my patients face in having insufficient numbers of qualified laboratory staff?