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Radiologist workforce

EDM (Early Day Motion) 26: tabled on 12 May 2021

Tabled in the 2021-22 session.

This motion has been signed by 12 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

Motion text

That this House notes that the NHS radiologist workforce is now short-staffed by 33 per cent according to the Royal College of Radiologists recent census and needs at least another 1,939 consultants to meet safe staffing levels and pre-coronavirus levels of demand for imaging; recognises that radiologists are essential to diagnose cancer, as well as other major diseases and injury, by interpreting hospital scans, including X-rays, MRI and CT scans; further notes that without more consultants in training, investment in new models of care and better staff retention and recruitment, by 2025 the UK’s radiologist shortfall will hit 44 per cent; commends the contribution of radiologists in the NHS who are working hard to bring down diagnostic backlogs, while having to scan at a slower rate because of infection control and covid-19 social distancing measures; and calls on the Government to invest to boost training places to meet forecast demand.